Bodegas Breca 'Breca' Old Vines Garnacha 2015
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Item Number: 31662
Wine Spectator 92
"Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027. 20,000 cases made." –TM
Wine Spectator Top 100 2018 #29
100% Garnacha de Aragón, the oldest clone of Garnacha (Grenache) in the world. Garnacha (Grenache) was first cultivated in this northeastern corner of Spain and transferred across the Mediterranean by the Kingdom of Aragón.
Multiple old mountain vineyards planted in low density without terracing. Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Gobelet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention. The majority of the vineyards receive no treatments whatsoever.
Extreme continental, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. Extremely low levels of precipitations. Drought years are not uncommon.
Hand-harvested and stored in small 20 kg boxes. Primary fermentation takes place in 2.5-5 T open top fermenters. The wine is transferred to neutral (up to eight year old) French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600 L barrels, respectively) for malolactic fermentation and ageing.
15 months sur lie in up to eight year old French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively).
An authentic, natural, and traditional wine produced from the original Garnacha, which was first cultivated in Aragón in the 7th Century, and spread around Europe by the Medieval Kingdom of Aragón. Calatayud produces a unique expression of Garnacha due to its geographic and climactic conditions. As Spain's highest altitude region for the production of Garnacha, the temperature swings are radical - up to 60°F in the summer. This produces wines with deep color and character, as well as lively acidity. The wine is characterized by aromas of ripe black fruit, overlaid with spices such as black pepper. There is an obvious minerality to the wine, proceeding from vineyards’ diverse range of soil types. The soils range from iron rich red slate and clay to black slate.
Great at price, good for dinners and guests - Not especially complex but totally pleasant. Not a wrong note anywhere. Heavy on the alcohol at 15.5%.
Posted by Robert on 4/1/19 [Verified]
Posted by Kathleen on 1/20/19 [Verified]
It’s fine - Round, smooth, one-note - not bad but not great. I admit the price isn’t bad either but I probably won’t order again.
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