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Bodegas Breca 2018 'Brega' Calatayud

Bodegas Breca 2018 'Brega' Calatayud

...will give many a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape a serious run for its money...
Jeb Dunnuck
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PG 94
JD 92+
...will give many a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape a serious run for its money...
Jeb Dunnuck

Mission Codename Bregging rights

Our absolute favorite Spanish discovery of yesteryear is BACK for one last round!

Robert Parker is right, “Jorge Ordoñez is the reference point for some of the finest wines emerging from Spain” and this project of his is the proof.

Sometimes a wine can catch you with all your defenses down. This was love at first sip. Completely OFF THE METER on the deliciousness scale. It rocketed to the top of our favorites list - not just today, but ALL TIME. We’re talking a total BARNSTORMER of a wine experience that will remain stuck in your memory.

Our major crush on this wine makes sense with the whole story…

Founded in 1987, Jorge Ordóñez is the granddaddy of all Spanish importers. As a major fan Robert Parker points out that he single-handedly “was the catalyst that inspired a quality-oriented group of Spanish wine importers to canvas the countryside. The impetus and force behind the rediscovery of indigenous Spanish varietals that introduced Americans to such backwater, yet now up-and-coming and increasingly fashionable viticultural regions as Toro, Jumilla, Priorato, Rias Baixas, Campo de Borja, La Mancha, and Calatayud, was Jorge Ordoñez.”

This is made from seriously GNARLY old Garnacha vines planted from 1900 through 1918. Like way OVER a century ago, and still firing on all cylinders despite the minuscule yields. These tiny berries, with thick skins, just SOAR with intensity, aromatics, and flavor.

Jeb Dunnuck defined the inaugural as “flagship Brega is 100% Grenache from higher elevation, hillside parcels and aged in 40% new oak, it offers a powerful, pedal-to-the-metal style… a sexy, high-quality wine that will give many a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape a serious run for its money.” In fact, the reason we got more is that at a recent major trade tasting event Agent Noir put this up against a $150+ cult CdP and Brega won him over by a wide margin. No joke, no hyperbole.

Be it Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Paso Robles, good ole Grenache just does not get purer than this dripping with perfumy red berries, fresh and concentrated. Like a raspberry coulis that erupts all over your taste buds with umami to spare from the sweet baking spices and loamy earth notes. Or think of those impossibly ripe fresh farmstand strawberries or melted red licorice. Dipped in vanilla and chocolate, with nuances of orange peel, violets, exotic spices, and sweet oak all working hard for the spotlight. Simply put, it’s a decadent blockbuster.

Even the clinging finish has lip-smacking joyfulness that must be tasted to be believed. While this would enhance any roasted beast in a big way, maybe it’s simply too tasty not to sip on its own for most of us.

If you fail to see what all this fuss is about, that’s fine - we’re drinking the rest!

Did we already say the best price ever AND the best of its kind to ever cross our lips? Trust us and load up!

94 Points – Guía Peñín

“Pure and elegant, with impressive black raspberry, violet, candied cherry, and sandalwood-like aromas and flavors. It’s a medium-bodied, elegant, balanced Garnacha that has ripe tannins and a character-filled, satisfying style to drink over the coming 4-6 years.”

92+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck

“Pure and elegant, with impressive black raspberry, violet, candied cherry, and sandalwood-like aromas and flavors. It’s another medium-bodied, elegant, balanced Garnacha that has ripe tannins and a character-filled, satisfying style to drink over the coming 4-6 years. Drink 2022-2028.”

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What the Winery Says 2018 'Brega' Calatayud

Bodegas Breca
Bodegas Breca
Winemaker
Jorge Ordóñez
Varietals
100% Grenache
Vintage
2018
Alcohol
14.5%
Appellation
Calatayud DO, Spain
Average vine age
100+ years
Aging
20 months
Barrels
50% new French oak

About the Winery Bodegas Breca

Bodegas Breca Winemaker Jorge Ordóñez
Bodegas Breca Winemaker Jorge Ordóñez
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