Get Out of Your Wine Rut! Delicious, Uncommon Wine Varietals You’ve Maybe Never Heard Of
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 301: Argaman
What a cool and interesting red. Had a very tough time placing this wine or comparing it to others, but its uniqueness is a great strength. Almost like a Gamay Noir, but not quite. And almost a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Unlike anything I've had on the red side in a while.
Broc Cellars is relatively new to the Alberta market and they are starting to get people talking. Their wines are made naturally, meaning there is no use of inoculated yeasts, or bacteria in their wines. They only use native yeast to spark their fermentations, which is how wine was made for most of its history, but this is done less commonly, as it can be less consistent.
They do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes to try and fix any vintage issues, and only add a minimal dose of S02 before bottling to some wines. All of the fruit for their wines comes from either organic or biodynamic vineyards. The most important part of course is that the wines are very good across the board. They are also quite unique in their grape variety composition, using many varieties people are not familiar with.
The Love Red is a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Valdiguie. While you may be familiar with the first two varieties, Valdiguie is definitely in the obscure column. The grape is home to the south of France, where it is generally known by the alias Gros Auxerrois. In California it has been known as Napa Gamay, or Gamay 15, though it has no relationship to Gamay.
This is their fourth bottling of Love Red and the grapes come from 50-70 year old vines from Frei Vineyard in Solano County's Green Valley. The vines are dry-farmed and head-pruned, and they produce small yields of concentrated fruit. Green Valley is small pocket of land, about 3 miles long and a mile wide, tucked between the south eastern corner of Napa Valley and southwestern edge of Suisun Valley. It’s unique in that it has somehow been able to maintain many of its old-vine Carignan and Valdiguié vineyards on clay-loam soils.
Overall the wine is quite delicious with great freshness and a fruit driven finish. We have also brought in the Love White from this producer and we recommend you try that one as well.
Pairing options include burgers, pasta, pizza and rich fish.
About the Producer
Berkeley, California, United States