Back to the world of wine today as Thirsty Thursday ponies up the details about a new favorite from Spain: the 2010 Bodegas Breca Breca Garnacha. Sourced from vines planted between 1925-1945 the wine shows the depth and aged character/flavor typical of Spanish “Old Vines” Garnachas and has earned heavy praise from the wine guru Robert Parker himself.
About the Breca Parker writes, “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.” Consequently he gave the wine a hefty and flattering 94 Points.
It’s debatable as to whether or not Parker’s praise is justified, but it doesn’t exclude the fact that most lovers of red wine will find great value in the 2010 Breca. Unflattering out of the bottle, decanting allows the wine to open up and express its nuances of dark fruit, tannins, and spice…though one would think the Breca’s simplicity wouldn’t earn it a 94 point rating. Nonetheless I found it to be an ideal sidekick with food or simply for warming up and relaxing on the couch.
Here’s my complete review:
2010 Bodegas Breca Breca Garnacha (Spain)
Dark violet in color the Breca opens with a rich nose of dark purple fruits, cedar, and a small amount of bark. Structured but not complex the palate expresses dark red/purple fruits wrapped in tannins with a hint of spice and acidity. Light and fluid up front, the wine expands and envelops the mouth with a moderately long finish. Recommend decanting for at least 1-3 hours.
Retails around $16
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