2010 Bodegas Breca "Breca" Garnacha Calatayud
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate’s oldest vines are utilized for the 2010 Breca, also 100% Garnacha from vines that were planted between 1925 and 1945 in decomposed slate and gravelly clay soils. Yields were less than one ton of fruit per acre, and the wine was aged in old large French oak foudres. This is an amazing terroir of steep hillsides and ancient head-pruned vines. Black raspberry, truffle, kirsch, lavender and liquid rock-like characteristics emerge from this astonishing wine. Frankly, I was at a loss for words when I tasted it. It may be the most amazing wine I have ever tasted at this price in over three decades. The wine world is changing, and Jorge Ordonez and his associates deserve a huge amount of credit for producing something this remarkable at this price point. Consumers should fill their trunks with these beauties. 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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(sourced from vines that were reportedly planted between 1925 and 1945; aged for 21 months in large French oak barrels): Glass-staining ruby. Intense scents of blackberry, cherry-cola and candied violet, with strong mineral and star anise accents. Shows energetic, focused flavors of dark berries and candied flowers, with a late kick of peppery spices. Picks up sweetness with air, finishing impressively long, with lingering notes of vanilla and candied flowers.
We could call this wine a great value, but it would be a gross understatement when Mr. Parker himself says 'It may be the most amazing wine I have ever tasted at this price in over three decades.' The Calatayud D.O. sits in the arid Aragon region of Northeast Spain. Excellent old vine vineyard sites such as this have very low natural yields and realize potent and minerally red wines. The region has only recently seen the investment in quality modern winemaking such as temperature-controlled, stainless steel fermentation equipment. A brand new and fully adept bodega such as Breca has illuminated fine terroir in a world-class wine.