Broc Cellars "Vine Starr" Zinfandel
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Broc Cellars "Vine Starr" Zinfandel - 2021

Item # 17780 750mL

Great Sonoma Zinfandel that is delicious with spiced spare ribs. Made by Chris Brockway with minimal intervention to achieve the best quality. Showing good balance, great natural acidity, and lively ripe tannins. Notes of black and red fruit, licorice, cardamom, and a floral bouquet come forth in this incredibly drinkable Zinfandel.

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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine was not what I was expecting—actually I'm not even sure what I would expect from a low-intervention and site-specific Zinfandel. This wine from Broc Cellars readjusted my idea of what a Zinfandel could be. To be bright and juicy without being jammy, and firm and structured without being too tannic is a thin line to walk for a great wine. Kinda like a Malbec or a really yummy Rhône wine—a Côtes du Rhône Village perhaps. It's not funky or weird, just a bright, clean California wine.




California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


Zinfandel is widely thought of as “America’s grape,” but in fact the variety is of Croatian origin, and is genetically extremely similar to Italian Primitivo, which thrives in the warmest parts of southern Italy. Like Primitivo, Zinfandel requires warm but not hot growing conditions, as its skins are relatively thin: this can cause its berries to shrivel into raisins if left on the vine a little too long. Dry and well-drained terroirs are also preferable for Zinfandel, as its bunches are...

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