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VARIETAL: 100% Counoise
VINEYARD: Eagle Point Ranch Vineyard
LOCATION: Mayacamas Mountain Range - Mendocino
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 600 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Harvested at 22.5 Brix, Counoise is always our last varietal to come into the winery. Displaying medium-sized berries on large clusters, it’s also one of the heaviest. 100% de-stemmed fruit fermented in 5-ton open top fermenters and aged for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. Counoise is mostly used as a blending varietal in the Southern Rhone. We initially planned to blend it for our first vintage, but Eagle Point Ranch’s Counoise is unique from what’s typically seen in the few plantings that exist in the state. This wine unwinds with each minute being opened. 2018 is the last vintage we made. Stock up, share with friends, and age a few bottles – this is a Broc gem.
VITICULTURAL AREA: Eagle Point Ranch is located at 1,800 ft elevation on the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Planted in 2007 to roughly 4 acres from clonal material sourced from Tablas Creek. Soils are typically thin mountain soils but rich in iron - rocky with low yields. Farmed with no use of any pesticides or herbicides. Vineyard is CCOF.
At Broc Cellars, all of our wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means we only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. We don’t add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine, the amount found can vary. We add little to no S02, depending on the wine and style.