Brea, Massa Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Carmel Valley, California
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit is hand-harvested and brought to the winery in Salinas where it is
destemmed and fermented in large open-top fermenters before being pressed into neutral French oak barrels where it spends 16 months.
The Massa Vineyard was planted in 1968 and sits at 1500 ft elevation, overlooking the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley. Its loamy, sandy soils have always been dry-farmed without pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. They also practice cover cropping, composting, and water conservation. Ladybugs are released in the fields and barn owl boxes are placed in the vineyard to help control gophers.
BREA Wines are made naturally, meaning no use of inoculated yeasts or bacteria. Chris Brockway has developed a bit of a cult following as a winemaker for his great wines that only use native yeast and minimal SO2 at bottling.
The wine has notes of forest floor, cedar, and bing cherry.