Bodegas Breca, 'Breca' Old Vines Garnacha, D.O. Calatayud, Spain, 2016 through Merchant of Wine

Bodegas Breca, 'Breca' Old Vines Garnacha, D.O. Calatayud, Spain, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
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.

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.

Grape / Blend
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.

D.O. Calatayud, Spain

94 Points- Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from two different sites of incredibly old vines, the 2016 Brega is all Garnacha that was fermented and aged 20 months in mostly new barrels. Deep purple-colored with powerful notes of ripe black fruits, melted licorice, incense, and violets, it’s full-bodied, concentrated, and opulent on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity, a core of sweet fruit, and a great finish. It's a beautiful, elegant, yet incredibly sexy wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years.

90 Points - James Suckling 
Theres a wealth of ripe dark-berry and spicy-fruit aromas here with black tea and a herbal edge. The palate is bright and assertive with blackberry avor. Drink now. James Suckling,, July 26 2019

 Product size: 750ml

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