Broc Cellars, The Badger, Nero D'Avola 2018
Fox Hill Vineyard, Mendocino, California
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 430 cases
20% of the fruit is aged carbonically on the skins in amphora and 80% is fermented on skins, then pressed into neutral French oak barrels. The grapes in amphora are left on the skins through January then basket pressed back into the amphora to develop for another 6 months. The juice in barrel is left to age for 10 months.
The wine presents layered fruit - red cherries and soft tannins.
There's not a lot of Nero d’Avola planted in California but it thrives at the Fox Hill Vineyard near Ukiah. The vines are around 20+ years old and farmed by Sam Bilbro and Evan Lewandowski. They farm with no use of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals or synthetics. Cover crop is grown to control weeds.
Broc Cellars is an urban winery in Berkeley, California. All their wines are made using spontaneous fermentation without the addition of anything in the wine making process. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine but Broc adds little to none to their wines.