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2014 Brecon Meritage

A true Meritage and somewhat unusually lead by Malbec, but only just, as the three main varietals are effectively proportioned a third, a third, a third (Try it with an Irish accent). 32.5% Malbec from La Vista, 31.45 Cabernet Sauvignon from Brecon, 28% Petit Verdot. Live Oak.  The eagle eyed amongst you will spot this does not quite add up to 100%. The balance is all Estate Cab Franc.

 

90 pts. Vinous. September 2016.

90 pts. erobertparker.com. August 2016.

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2014 Brecon Reserve Cabernet

Oak woodlands are currently a pretty hot topic in Paso Robles. This is a single vineyard offering (not labeled as such) from the famed Live Oak Vineyard in Willow Creek. Live Oaks represent the majority of Oaks locally. Of course, we age our Reserves in the finest French Barrels (a different Quercus species) for up to 18 Months. 90.6% Cab & 7.3% Petit Verdot, Live Oak Vineyard. 2.1% Tannat Dodd vineyard.

93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast Feb 2017.

90 Pts. Jeb Dunneck, Wine Advocate, Aug 2016.

"The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet, 7% Petit Verdot and the rest Tannat) offers lots of black fruits, toasty oak, licorice, incense and graphite to go with a medium to full-bodied, rounded, supple style on the palate. It has beautiful fruit."

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2014 Brecon Syrah, Ballard Canyon

Just sometimes, our winemaker’s youthful wanderlust returns. He’ll get that far away look in his eye and sneak off in search of windswept places, undiscovered vineyards, or obscure European delicacies. Hence this exceptional single vineyard offering from Ballard Canyon (near Solvang).  85.7% Syrah, 9.5% Mourvedre (both Ballard Canyon) with a healthy splash of structure-enhancing Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (4.8%).

 

Gold. Monterey International Wine Competition. Feb 2017.

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2015 Brecon Forty-Two (Red Rhone Blend)

Inspired by the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” A wine with the answer to the ultimate question, life, the universe and everything!  Spoiler Alert!  In our third episode (read Vintage) Brecon moves away from whole cluster fermentation (Stems not quite spicy enough in 2015). Then Mourvedre, 47.3%, steals the lead role from Syrah, 42.2%, and for the first time we see Grenache Rouge 3% join Petite Sirah 7.5% in the complex sub-plot. The whole installment is almost entirely set in Calcareous Hilltops of the stunning Adelaida district 88.6%. Surely must be a NY Times best seller!

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2015 Brecon Zinfandel, Central Coast

Powerful enough to satisfy even the most ardent followers of cult Zinfandels. Everything you would expect: opulent jammy fruit, toasty oak, dry-grown hilltop vineyards, underlying black & white pepper, Tempranillo. Wait what?. Tempranillo! Yes, in one of our less lucid moments we added 14.3 % to firm up the ageability and, you know what? It bloody well works a treat! (Excuse the Australianism)

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2016 Brecon Albarino

Brits are best known for the Barmy Army, Monty Python, Mad dogs and Englishmen. Hummmm seems to be a trend here. So it was no surprise that Brecon was initially considered Barking Mad for hanging their hats on an Albarino as one of their signature wines. After scoring 96 points twice in two days in 2015. The method to their madness has become quite clear.

Even in Portugal/Northern Spain the best examples of these wonderfully crisp yet aromatic food wines come from within a couple of miles of the coast.  In California, marine fogs cool the grapes, resulting in a long ripening period, super intense flavors and aromatics. The tropical complexity/richness was so intense in 2016 we deftly melded in around 10% Albariño from other ranches to ensure the varietally correct citrine characters were suitably enhanced.

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2016 Brecon True Acacia Head Albarino

A single vineyard Albarino in disguise, (Read we forgot to put it in on the label). Actually consists of two of the three available clones from the oldest serious planting of Albarino. (Jack Ranch) in the Edna valley.  Those pesky little winemakers at Brecon, ferment exclusively in Oak barrels with Acacia heads. Acacia can enhance floral notes and structure without adding vanilla the toasty notes associated with a Quercus species. Think white peach overtones with an underlying Zesty grapefruit. 100% Albarino, 100% 2016, 95% Jack Ranch, 5% Derby Vyd.

By the way, there are around 800 known species of true acacia. The Acacia used in barrels is not one of them. We just liked the name.

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2016 Brecon Viognier/Grenache Blanc

This simple 50/50 blend wholly from Adelaida belies the three vineyard and multiple cooperage complexity in this wine. Derived from two super aromatic sundrenched blocks, plus a later ripening more shaded block. Which gives it a lighter fresher more approachable side. In time expect stone fruit flavors to dominate, such as nectarines and peaches, while clean citrus characters shine through on the finish.

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