Brian K Miller wrote:Broc Cellars has opened a tasting room in the "industrial" part of Berkeley near the freeway (and near one of my faves, Donkey and Goat). Chris, the owner, was pouring in the TINY tasting room.
The highlights were a lovely bright, amazingly zippy Zinfandel...one of my faves, an also bright Code-du-Rhonish blend (which I picked up), and the new El Dorado Syrah Cuvee, which was brilliantly herbal and delicious.
BRIGHT is a great descriptor. My favorite "Urban Berkeley Winery" remains Donkey and Goat, but Broc Cellars is right up there! A fun way to end the evening.
Joy Lindholm wrote:Chris Brockway's wines are excellent, and he is from my hometown of Omaha, NE! He is one of a handful of California winemakers showing restraint in the cellar, and buying fruit that isn't overripe and flabby. His Zin is great, and see if you can try his Dry Stack Vineyard Grenache and Syrah - they are both very Rhone-styled. The Antic Pinot Gris is lovely, but I've heard he isn't making it anymore.
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