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Broc Cellars Le Clairet Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An excellent value dry California red.

Producer/Winery: Chris Brockway; Broc Cellars; Berkeley, California.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Green Valley; Solano County, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $18.90 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Beef short ribs over gnocchi and shiitake mushrooms in a creamy sauce topped with fresh fried carrots.

Tasting:

    Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Just clear with a purple-ruby color and a lighter red rim. Plenty of alcohol odors on the first and second pour along with cherry, blackberry, toffee and black peppery aromas. Smooth entry, but with a slightly spicy sharp mouthfeel, medium body and an 80-grit texture. Intense cherry, blackberry, current and chocolate flavors. Abundant and slightly overpowering edgy acidity, soft well integrated tannins with little or no grip and a long fruity finish. WOW, refined and easy drinking California Cabernet that went well with the short ribs, but a wine we would have a hard time identifying as Cabernet Sauvignon without seeing the label on the bottle. Although the label said only 13% alcohol, we both thought it was considerably under reported. Not your traditional California Cabernet, but its silky tannins and potent acidity really gave it character. We called it an excellent value dry California red…and we wish we had a second bottle in our cellar!!!

Broc Cellars located in an industrial district of Berkley, California
Photo from The California Winery Review.

Comments: Learn more about Chris Brockway and his Broc Cellars wines.

See also: all our reviews of Broc Cellars wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.