Breca Old Vine Garnacha de Fuego 2019
- Spain, 750ml
This classy, beautiful, full, smooth Spanish Garnacha is red cherry in colour. On the nose there are aromas of ripe red fruits like raspberry and balsamic sensations. On the palate, is very fruity, easy to drink and very fresh. It has a pleasant fruity flavour and silky texture.
- Winery: Bodegas Breca
- Varietal: Garnacha (Grenache)
- Region: D.O. Calatayud, Spain
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 15.8%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food match: Roast pork & lamb, game meat; stews and Goulash; grilled vegetables; Indian, Korean and Mexican cuisine; softer & creamy cheeses
A beautifully big, soft and sweet-fruited Spanish Grenache that Robert Parker called 'a remarkable wine value' and explains that "this comes from a large regional vineyard spread over many different terroirs. The vines are respectably old, all having been planted between the end of World War II (1945) and 1976. The wine is 100% Grenache from the oldest clone of Grenache in the world and the one that was adopted by France in the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Bodegas Breca was founded in 2010 with the goal of producing the finest Garnacha wines from Spain. 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 all across the Mediterranean.
These ancient clones of Garnacha have a very long vegetative cycle, and as a result, are very late ripening. D.O. Calatayud has a very unique, extreme terroir that is ideal for late ripening Garnacha. The combination of extreme altitudes, ancient soils, and drastic climate combine to create a completely unique mesoclimate. Due to the altitude of our mountain vineyards, temperature swings of 45º F between day and night are common. Oftentimes fluctuating between 40º F and 85º F in the summer, the heat allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness, and the cool nights build high acidity in the grapes. These conditions produce exceptionally balanced wines.
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.
- 92/100 Points - Richard Caro
- Best Value Wine - Spectator (2017 vintage)
- 90/100 Points - Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2015 vintage)
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