Jeb Dunnuck 90
The 2019 Garnacha De Fuego offers a deeper purple, almost opaque color to go with gorgeous wild strawberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with notes of candied orange and flowers. This beauty is mediumbodied, seamless, textured, and just impossible to resist. It sells for a song and way over-delivers. Enjoy bottles over the coming year or two, although I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep even longer." Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, October 21st 2020
Denominacion de Origen: Vino de Aragn
Location: Towns of Munbrega, Murero, and Paracuellos, Zaragoza, in the south of D.O. Calatayud.
Varietal: 100 Garnacha de Aragn, 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 Aragn.
Vineyards: Multiple old mountain vineyards. (El Plano, Barranco de la Rambla, Cerro Verde, Cerro del Cura, La Laguna)
Year(s) Planted: Between 1945 and 1985
Viticulture: 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.
Soils:Cambrian-Silurian slate and quartz soils, partially covered by a thin layer of calcareous Mesozoic soil.
Climate: Extreme continental, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. Extremely low levels of precipitations. Drought years are not uncommon.
Winemaking: Hand-harvested and stored in small 20 kg boxes. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in stainless steel and concrete tanks.
Ageing: Briefly aged in stainless steel and concrete tanks to soften tannins.
Comments: Garnacha de Fuego is a young, primary fruit expression of the oldest clones of Garnacha in the world, from the high altitude mountains of Calatayud. The altitudes, age of the vines, and slate dominant soils produce a wine of tremendous character and concentration, balanced by fresh acidity that provides balance and drinkability, and elegant minerality.
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Located 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.