2011 Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines

Year: 2011
Appellation: Calatayud
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2011 Garnacha de Fuego, a 100% Grenache cuvee, was aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak. There are 10,000 cases for the United States. This amazing wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with a sweet kiss of jammy black cherries intertwined with crushed rock notes that give the wine an undeniable minerality. As it hits the palate, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture takes hold and the flavor profile moves towards blacker fruits (ripe raspberries and black currants) intermixed with camphor and forest floor. This full-bodied, rich, glycerin-filled effort should drink well for 4-5 years, perhaps longer.

Just when you think you’ve tasted the wine world’s greatest values, along comes the Bodegas Breca. Founded in 2005 by Jorge Ordonez, this bodegas has 650 acres, mostly old vine Grenache vineyards planted on hillsides at an altitude of 2,850 to 3,000 feet. All the vines were planted between 1925 and 1968, and yields average between 0.4 and one ton of fruit per acre." (WA)

"(made from vines that were reportedly planted between 1945 and 1968; no oak): Opaque ruby. Primary red and dark berry aromas are complicated by floral and mineral notes. Juicy and supple in texture, offering energetic black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. The supple finish lingers with attractive sweetness and impressive persistence. Remarkable value here and there's a lot to go around as this winery owns over 650 acres of old vine garnacha plantings, which sit at 950 to 1000 meters altitude." (IWC)