Broman Cellars is located on Deer Park Road heading up to the tiny town of Angwin and consists of 11.5 hillside acres, of which about 2 acres is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to their “estate vineyard” the Bromans source from prominent vineyards in the valley including Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane Vineyard in St. Helena and Georges III in Rutherford.
Bob Broman has over 35 years of winemaking experience in the Napa Valley working for prestigious wineries such as Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and St. Supery. In addition he consults and has traveled to a number of wine regions world-wide including France, the Republic of Georgia, Italy and Chile.
After many years of producing wines in the style demanded by the specific wineries he worked at, he decided he wanted to produce wines in his own style! His first vintage was in 1994. They currently produce about 1300 cases which qualifies them as quite boutique but have plans to ramp up production closer to 5000 cases. Their focus is on three varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The winery is entirely a family run affair as Bob’s wife Deborah and daughter Lisa are actively involved.
We began our tasting with a 2006 Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the Melrose vineyard in St. Helena. This wine saw no oak aging, no Malolactic fermentation and no sur lie aging. It is a fresh fruit forward crisp wine with flavors of Bartlett Pear on the palate. This is a great summertime sipper, pool & patio winner!
Their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon was their current release at the time of this review. They are able to hold this wine back longer than many wineries which is great for the consumer as gains additional complexities by the extra bottle aging. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the highly regarded Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard. It is always amazing how often we run into this name during our wine odyssey! Additional fruit comes from the Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford. This is an elegant wine, the tannins are well integrated into the body and do not dominate the finish. Pleasant rich flavors are found on the palate and besides the central core of fruit you also have hints of cocoa and chocolate. The finish is very soft and lingers for some time.
As of press time, permits have been secured and they are planning to begin construction on a small winery. We look forward to seeing this as it progresses!
Note: this review has been identified as needing a *major* update.