Barrique

Making Artisanal Wines Accessible to All

Founded in 2008 and located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, the Brack Mountain Wine Company takes an approach to making and marketing wine they believe is more in tune with the 21st century. It operates neither as a “chateau” (no iconic buildings, sprawling estate vineyards, gardens, or caves) nor as a “negociant” bottler of bulk wine. Instead, the company focuses its attention entirely on the craft of producing fine wine. This begins with establishing long-term relationships with growers who farm vineyards sustainably. Whereas Brack Mountain does own a small property in the Dry Creek Valley, most of their production is sourced from excellent vineyards throughout Sonoma County as well as Napa, Mendocino and the Central Coast. BMWC produces a wide range of wines, including appellation and single-vineyard bottlings, varietal wines and blends, coastal Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Sonoma and Napa Cabs, old-vine Zins and even such obscure varietals as Pinot Gris, Verdelho, and Charbono. Rather than bottle the whole gamut of styles and AVAs under one label, BMWC sells them under 17 different brand names - each with a unique and eye-catching label. In this way, wines from different subregions or in different price categories are given a unique identity, and the company has more versatility in targeting different markets, such as restaurants, wine bars, connoisseurs or millennials. Despite the variety, one thing remains constant: winemaking. All the wines are produced in small lots and in a style that emphasizes freshness, balance, age worthiness, and moderate levels of alcohol. Avoiding many of the costs of running a traditional winery, BMWC can afford to use such artisanal methods as natural yeast fermentations and French oak aging with even its most value-oriented labels.                                                                                                                                                                           Barrique offers a fresh take on the classic varieties of Sonoma County. The wines are made by blending the fruit of low-yielding vineyards in different sub-regions and may come with either an AVA or region designation. Combining old-world craft methods with modern technologies, Barrique graces the home or restaurant table with wines that are vibrant, fresh and modest in alcoholic strength. With Barrique, the search for an affordable California boutique wine is finally over!

Wines from this Winery

2017 Barrique Sonoma County Pinot Noir

2017 Barrique Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Barrique Pinot Noir is as balanced, fresh, elegant and flavorful as many a high-end Pinot or red Burgundy but remains affordable enough to drink any day of the week. With grapes sourced from Carneros as well as the Russian River Valley, it has the bright aromas and acidity of the California coast but also some of those riper flavors that have made Russian River Pinot so famous. This wine pleases with a cranberry hue, black cherry and floral aromas, intense flavors, compelling earthiness and bright acidity. In the winery, about 70% of the fruit was destemmed, while 30% went into the tank as whole clusters. Natural yeast fermentation and aging in French oak on the natural lees were other artisanal methods used to craft this surprisingly affordable wine.

Details
¥ 3,300
2017 Barrique Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2017 Barrique Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2017 was a challenging vintage, bookended by heavy winter rains and catastrophic autumn fires. Nevertheless, Brack Mountain produced a lovely 2017 Barrique Chardonnay, a lively, zesty wine that balances California richness with Burgundian-like structure. Harvested weeks before the fires broke out, the fruit had developed excellent acidity and flavor. Sourcing grapes from three of Sonoma’s famous wine valleys – Russian River, Alexander and Sonoma – the winemakers set out to emphasize the purity of the Chardonnay fruit as well as the richness of the terroir. Although it was bottled after just four months in French oak, this wine went through both primary and complete malolactic fermentation in barrel. Hence, this Chardonnay is both zesty and rich, with both crisp stone fruit and creamy lemon flavors with just a hint of nutty toast. 

Details
¥ 3,300
2016 Barrique Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Barrique Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes from vineyards located in the Dry Creek and Knight’s valleys were blended to make Barrique’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of cool and warm sites created a complex wine that brims with a wide spectrum of flavors. The 2016 vintage in Sonoma County was similar to 2015: lower yields than average but excellent color, structure and flavors. The deep purple color and dark berry flavors were coaxed gently into being by destemming but not crushing the grapes and allowing them to soak on their skins for 21 days. The fruit, acidity and fine tannic structure make for a wine that can be enjoyed now or savored after a few more years of bottle age. 

Details
¥ 3,300