Bodegas Breca 'Breca' Old Vines Garnacha 2012
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Guía Peñín 2015 96
"Cherry and garnet colour. Ripe fruit aroma, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, chocolate, earthy. Powerful mouth, flavourful, toasty, ripe tannins."

Robert Parker 91
"The 2012 Breca from Calatayud is 100% old-vine Garnacha (from vines planted between 1925 and 1945) made from yields of less than one ton of fruit per acre. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to new to 3-year-old French oak casks for 21 months, this outstanding red is ... read more
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Item ID: #18544
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Guía Peñín 2015 96
"Cherry and garnet colour. Ripe fruit aroma, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, chocolate, earthy. Powerful mouth, flavourful, toasty, ripe tannins."

Robert Parker 91
"The 2012 Breca from Calatayud is 100% old-vine Garnacha (from vines planted between 1925 and 1945) made from yields of less than one ton of fruit per acre. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to new to 3-year-old French oak casks for 21 months, this outstanding red is the poor man's Priorat. Mineral notes of wet slate and gun flint are intermixed with blackcurrant, black cherry and cassis fruit in this dense, full-bodied, pure, lavishly rich, intense Spanish red. It is hard to believe what one can get at this price point if the importer and wine producer are committed to high quality.

Founded in 2005, this winery owns over 654 acres of head-pruned, old-vine Grenache in both Aragon and Calatayud. Much of the soil is dominated by decomposed slate, but a second type of soil consists of gravelly red clay. The vines were planted between 1925 and 1968. Yields are a remarkably low one ton of fruit per acre, and the 80-year-old vines produce .4 tons of fruit per acre. "

Stephen Tanzer 91
"(made  from  vines  that  were  reportedly  planted   between  1925  and  1945 -  fermented  in  stainless  steel  and  aged  in  new  to  three-­year-­old  French  oak   barrels  for  21  months):    Bright  purple.    Deeply  pitched  dark  berry  and  spice-cake  aromas  are  complicated   by  a  floral  nuance  and  a  hint  of  mocha.    Sweet  and  expansive  in  the  mouth,  offering  fleshy  black   raspberry  and  cherry  compote  flavors  enlivened  by  a  jolt  of  cracked  pepper.    Closes  sweet  and  very  long,   with  supple  tannins  and  lingering  spice  and  mineral  notes."

Bodegas Breca

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Bodegas BrecaLocated in the sleepy town of Munébrega, Bodegas Breca was founded by Jorge Ordóñez in 2010 with the mission of producing the finest Garnacha in Aragón. Garnacha de Aragón, the clone used to produce the wines of Bodegas Breca, is the most ancient and genetically untouched clone of of Garnacha (Grenache) in the world. Garnacha was first cultivated in this northeastern corner of Spain, and transplanted across the Mediterranean by the medieval Kingdom of Aragón, which had territories across the Mediterranean.

D.O. Calatayud has a very unique, extreme terroir. The combination of radical altitudes, diverse slate soils, and drastic climate combine to create a completely unique mesoclimate. As Spain's highest region for the production of Garnacha, Calatayud frequently sees temperature swings of 45˚F between day and night. In our mountainside vineyards (2600-3500ft.), our vines are oftentimes exposed to 40-100˚F diurnal temperature swings in the summer. The heat allows the grapes to achieve full phenolic ripeness, and the cool nights build high acidity in the grapes. Due to its long vegetative cycle, Garnacha requires a relatively dry, hot climate to reach proper phenolic ripeness. The cold nights, dawn, and dusk, combined with a variety of slate dominant soils, allow the grapes to reach high levels of acidity. Our head trained vineyards were planted between 1900 and 1975, and as with all of the Grupo Jorge Ordóñez vineyards, they are dry farmed. These conditions produce exceptionally balanced wines with ageing potential due to their concentration and acidity.
Garnacha, most famous internationally for its French name Grenache, is a grape cultivar that was most originally planted in the Kingdom of Aragón in the northeast of Spain during the Middle Ages. Transplanted across the Mediterranean by the Aragonese, who had holdings in southern France and Italy, the original Garnacha evolved into more productive clones now planted in Southern France – the same clones that are famous for the very aromatic, lighter body and color wines that they produce. The most widely planted red grape in the world, the vast majority of the Grenache plantings are of these more modern, unauthentic clones on trellis. However, in present day Aragón, it is still possible to find vineyards of these old clones planted up to a century ago in decomposed iron rich red and black slate soils."
Jorge Ordóñez pioneered the introduction of Garnacha into the United States in the 1990s, when Garnacha was the most widely planted grape in Spain. At the time, however, all of the Spanish red wines available in the American market were Tempranillo dominant. Jorge recognized the quality of the old vine plantings of Garnacha and and the wines they produced, and exposed the United States to these sensational wines.

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