Broc Cellars Pèt-Nat
Mendocino, California 2018
Let’s just talk about that color for a moment, can we? I mean… come on. It’s like that one perfectly placed cloud during a beautiful California sunset. The nose is somewhere between pink grapefruit and dripping summer watermelon rinds. The fruit flavor is right inline with that as well, citrus and cranberry tartness with mouthwatering crunchiness on the finish. Typical of a Pèt-Nat, it has that dry yeasty almost doughy flavor profile. Not quite sourdough, but not too far from it either. Easy drinking, but far from simple wine. Chris has this style of wine absolutely nailed down.
Chris Brockway is one of the most recognized winemakers in the bay area with regards to Natural wines. Now, the term ‘Natural’ comes with a lot of snags, snafus and stereotypes. Chris knows the seemingly endless, sometimes tantalizing, yet often mind numbing arguments over what makes a wine ‘Natural’ all too well and has learned that it’s best to avoid the drama (and the dogma) and to just keep on keepin on by making great honest wines. The ability to explore and experiment with different unique grapes opens up a whole new pallette for Broc Wines and his Nero d’Avola, Trousseau and Valdiguié can be found in just about every busy restaurant in the area.