Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel 2013 Sonoma County, California

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Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel 2013 Sonoma County, California

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This is a remarkable wine. It’s made from Zinfandel, which I admit to be a grape variety that I normally avoid. But this is a Zinfandel like no other. Weighing in at just 12.5% alcohol, it has the most amazing perfume and freshness. It’s truly beautiful, and I drank this happily over a couple of evenings. (But don’t worry, dear readers: under normal circumstances, this is the sort of bottle I would sink happily in a single sitting: it’s just so thrillingly drinkable.)

Chris Brockway’s Broc Cellars is an urban winery based in an industrial unit in Berkeley, and he describes his winemaking as ‘low wattage’: reds are made whole cluster, fermentations are natural, very little sulfur dioxide is used, and everything is basket pressed. There’s a really nice article on Chris and his wines by Eric Asimov, here. I am so happy that wines like this are coming out of California.

Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel 2013 Sonoma County, California
12.5% alcohol. Really detailed, fresh nose of red cherries, violets and fine spices. Juicy, bright, supple palate with a hint of sappy greenness and seductive, sweet liqueur-like red fruits. Superbly fresh and drinkable, with a slightly meaty edge to the vivid fruit. Lovely purity and finesse here. Quite enthralling: the perfumed nose on this wine is so exciting. 94/100 (£25 The Wine Society, Roberson)

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3 thoughts on “Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel 2013 Sonoma County, California

  1. Actually there are quite a few Zinfandels like this in CA, many of which pre date this wine by quite a few years. The Vine star is a delicious wine, but it stumps me why Chris’ wines get all the press when others have been quietly toiling away at elegant Zins for years and nobody seems to take any notice. Maybe this is the only one available in England, but there are quite a few stateside.. not a lot mind you but at least 5 producers who consistently do it all the time, and I Am sure there are many others who I don’t know about.

  2. Hi Ian – this will be available on our website from Monday, 9th November as part of our US offer.
    (Ewan Murray, PR Manager, The Wine Society)

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