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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!

 

93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast 2017.

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2015 Brecon Grenache

100% from the iconic Glenrose Vineyard. In other words it’s one of those sought after single vineyard offerings. Now, before you ask, there is absolutely no Syrah in there.  It’s so rich that we will of course forgive you in thinking there was. However the actual varietal percentages are 77.2% Grenache, 22.8% Mourvedre.

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2015 Brecon Meritage

In a true Meritage. No one varietal should eclipse another. (Groan, suppose can only get away with writing the eclipse descriptor on 8/21/17. Ed). Rather the integration should be seamless, you identify different nuances in every sip and are ultimately left pondering the exact varietal makeup of the blend. In this case 40.66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32.17% Petit Verdot, 13.59% Malbec and 13.58% Cabernet Franc produce a medley of dark forest fruits, super smooth yet complex tannins and great balancing acidity.

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2015 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

“Stock up and ferret away”! (Yes, it's an English-ism) as any self respecting small white weasel, that can run up your trouser leg, can tell you. “Why”? I can hear you ask. Well, a little dicky-bird let slip that there will be no Brecon Reserve Cab in 2016. This is indeed a good sign;  it shows that Brecon is committed to only releasing reserve offerings when the vintage is truly exceptional. However, like any good prepper, make sure you have enough squirreled away!

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2015 Brecon Tannat

Paso Roblians are just coming to the conclusion they may well be sitting on one of those rarest or rare locations that, like Madarain and Southern Uruguay, make truly world class Tannat. Brecon’s 2015 offering is an unashamed beast.  Like many traditional Tannat’s it could age gracefully for twenty five years!

 

94Pts. Wine Enthusiast

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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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