Bodegas Breca Breca 2014
The vines for this wine, in particular, were planted between 1900 and 1940. 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. As Spain's highest altitude region for the production of Garnacha, the temperature swings are radical. This produces wines with deep color and character, as well as lively acidity. The wine is characterised by aromas of ripe black fruit compote, 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.
Wine AdvocateFor a tad more money, the 2014 Breca, which is 100% bush-vine Grenache planted 1900-1940, is another take on this fabulous grape that flourishes in many areas of Spain as well as Southern France. This wine spent 18 months sur lie in 500- to 600-liter French demi-muids. A deep ruby/plum color offers up notes of jammy strawberries, black cherries, raspberries, licorice, underbrush and lavender. It is deep, ripe, medium to full-bodied, heady (must be 14.5-15% natural alcohol) with a long, juicy finish. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Wine SpectatorPlum and cassis flavors mingle with black olive, espresso and tar notes in this firm red, which is dense, showing rather grippy tannins and a slightly hot finish. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made.