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Brutocao Family Vineyards



The grapes come exclusively from parcels in the old Bliss vineyard. Hand harvesting is very early in the morning before the sun warms up. 70% whole bunches are pressed immediately and the fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs in the oak barrels. It gives a deeper, less primary fruity wine.


Druerne kommer udelukkende fra parceller i den gamle Bliss vingård. Der håndhøstes meget tidligt om morgenen, før solen varmer op. Der presses straks med 70% hele klaser, og gæringnen sker i franske egefade. Malolaktisk gæring sker i egefadene. Det giver en dybere, mindre primærfrugtig vin.


Country: USA

Region: California, Mendocino

Winery: Brutocao Family Vineyards

Year: 2018

Type: White

Grapes: Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14,5%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Cork

Winemaking: Sustainable



Brutocao started with Irv Bliss, a farmer in Sonoma in the early 1930s, who dreamed of having a vineyard up north in Mendocino, which he considered most suitable for viticulture. In 1943, the opportunity came when a 180-acre vineyard he had previously looked longingly at, came for sale. After 35 years of hard work, his son-in-law Leonardo Brutocao took over in the late 70s. In 1991, a brand new winery was built, and his three sons joined the operation and specialized themselves in field work, vinification and marketing.

Brutocao begyndte med Irv Bliss, der var farmer i Sonoma først i 1930-erne og drømte om at få en vingård nordpå i Mendocino, som han mente mest velegnet til vindyrkning. I 1943 kom muligheden, da en 180 hektar vingård, han tidligere havde set længselsfuldt på, kom til salg. Efter 35 års hårdt arbejde overtog hans svigersøn Leonardo Brutocao i slutningen af 70-erne. I 1991 blev et helt nyt vineri bygget, og hans tre sønner indgik i driften og specialiserede sig i hhv. markarbejde, vinifikation og afsætning.

General grape descriptions


Wine drinkers find it flatteringly easy to enjoy, with its broad, exuberant charms, relatively high alcohol and low acidity, and lack of powerful scent. Vine growers find it easy to grow productively and profitably (it can yield well, ripen usefully early, although buds rather too early for frost-free comfort in cool climates). And winemakers revel in the range of different winemaking techniques to which Chardonnay readily submits: not just a wide range of dry white wines with more weight than most, but delicate sparkling wines and even a few extremely successful sweet white wines made with the benefit of 'noble rot'.