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2014 Brecon Albarino

One of our signature wines, and for the first time ever, offered as a pure 100% unadulterated Albarino. These wonderfully crisp yet aromatic food wines have their homeland in the plateaus of Northern Spain where the best examples, like Brecon’s, come from within just 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. Tropical complexity, richness and citrine characters came naturally in 2014 no need for that hint of Viognier we have traditionally added.

 

96 Pts. Doug Wilder. purely domestic wine report.

 

96 Pts. World Wine Championships.

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2014 Brecon Cabernet Franc

Reading the tea leaves this morning , or was it wine lees, Hummm  I forget. Everything is indicating that this, in time and with a little patience, should surpass all our previous vintages. It’s a whopping 87% top of the hill Estate Cab Franc and,  in a sneaky departure from previous vintages, we added some Happy Canyon Cabernet 9.1%  and Petit Verdot 3.9% for longevity, structure and balance.

 

94 Pts. International Wine Review. Sept 2017

 

91 Pts. Jeb Dunneck. Wine Advocate. Aug 2016

 

"Incorporating roughly 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Cabernet Franc is a complex, medium to full-bodied, elegant effort that has lots of fruit forward characteristics, notes of underbrush, flowers and herbs, and hints of oak on the finish. Aged 18 months in 40% new French oak, it has outstanding potential and should have a decade of longevity."

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2014 Brecon Cabernet/Petite Sirah

Scandinavians just love this style of wine. Something, we suspect, to cuddle up to when those icy baltic winds are howling. 73% Brecon Old Vine Cabernet, AKA our Reserve Cabernet (say no more!). The balance is 100% our award winning Petite Sirah. Monster hit of upfront fruit, pretty damn intense mid palate and an intriguing, multi-layered chalky finish.

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2014 Brecon Grenache

A wandering journey through the back roads of Slo County to obscure places you would never casually see or find as a visitor/tourist. Vineyards include Glenrose, Sawyer Lindquist, Ohana. 58.5% Paso Robles. 41.5% Edna Valley. Hey it was a drought year - we felt a sizable chunk of cooler climate Grenache would add a darker, more mysterious note to our opulent Paso Fruit.

 

90 Pts. Gold. Wine Enthusiast. July 2016

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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. Robert Parker. August 2016

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2014 Brecon Mourvedre

The quintessential Mourvedre. Naturally sweet forest fruit characters. Fully ripe, smooth hilltop Mourvedre. Combined with a framework of complex smoky bacon and earthy overtones found only in 1st class examples. 60.1% Mourvedre, Glen Rose, 15% Mourvedre, LA Vista, 12.4% Grenache, LA Vista, 12.4% Syrah, Glen Rose.

 

92 Pts. Gold. Tastings.Com  May 2016.

 

93 Pts. Doug Wilder. purely domestic wine report. Aug 2016

 

93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast. Sept 2016

Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don't, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length. - See more at: http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Brecon-Estate-2014-Mourvedre-Paso-Robles-USA-06-18-2016.aspx#sthash.seHFh0qr.dpuf
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don't, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length. - See more at: http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Brecon-Estate-2014-Mourvedre-Paso-Robles-USA-06-18-2016.aspx#sthash.3N9YBLBU.dpuf
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don't, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length. - See more at: http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Brecon-Estate-2014-Mourvedre-Paso-Robles-USA-06-18-2016.aspx#sthash.3N9YBLBU.dpuf
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don't, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length. - See more at: http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Brecon-Estate-2014-Mourvedre-Paso-Robles-USA-06-18-2016.aspx#sthash.3N9YBLBU.dpuf
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter cream - dried twigs with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with earthy, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. You either like mourvedre or you don't, regardless this wine displays amazing depth and length. - See more at: http://tastings.com/Wine-Review/Brecon-Estate-2014-Mourvedre-Paso-Robles-USA-06-18-2016.aspx#sthash.3N9YBLBU.dpuf
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, wine gums - purple gummy bears, leather - dried skins, and butter
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2014 Brecon Petit Verdot

It's amazing how Paso Robles can take some of these lesser known varieties, often used as blenders in traditional wine regions, to new dizzying heights. Bright velvety fruit, bags of varietal character, fantastic structure and excellent mid palate fruit weight; a real find.

 

90 Pts. Doug Wilder. purely domestic wine report. Aug 2016

 

90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast.

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2014 Brecon Res Petite Sirah

A single vineyard offering 99.1% Petite Sirah with a tiny splash of Zin. However this seeming simplicity masks a complex interplay between both Rockpile and Palisades clones. Deep dark mysterious hues and a monster fruit hit with balanced tannins and subtle a framework of both fine French and complexing American Oak. Great winter warmer, fireside wine. Tuck away under the stairs for a few years, it  will reward you well.

 

93 pts. Editor's Choice. Wine Enthusiast. February 2017.

 

91 pts. Vinous. September 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, Adeladia

A powerful, ripe, fruit forward Syrah with a subtle framework of oak and spice from a truly iconic vineyard. A new-world style wine, which has (rightfully) made Paso Robles Westside Syrah famous. Brecon’s Australian-style twist on the theme was to mature in fine, American barrels, aged in the world-famous Barossa Valley cooperage and returned to Brecon in US. 94% Glenrose Syrah. 6% Petite Sirah.

 

90 Pts. Gold. Tastings.Com  May 2016.

 

94 Pts. Doug Wilder. purely domestic wine report. Aug 2016

 

93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast. Sept 2016

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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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2014 Brecon Tannat

Two Tannats and a splash of old vine Zin please. Certainly! The Dodd Tannat (52.3%) is one hill closer to the ocean than Brecon and provides much of the varietal character and opulent structure. Whereas Glenrose Tannat (35.6%) is just one canyon inland and brings a little ripeness combined with mouthfeel. directly behind Brecon, and added on a bit of a whim, is the Old Casteel Zin (12.1%) which just happens to spice it up and soften out some of the tannins. Totally divine.

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2014 Brecon Viognier/Grenache Blanc

Inspired by super aromatic sundrenched Viogniers but without an accompanying cloying oiliness. This blend also adds an interesting twist to the current Grenache Blanc craze creating a Viognier dominant blend (66%) yet with 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.

 

91 Pts. Wine Enthusiast. Jan 2016.

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2014 Brecon Zinfandel/Tannat

A favorite with Millie, our Great Pyrenees, as Tannat hales from the shadow of said mountains. Rugged tannins and intense color, it is a rare locale indeed that ripens this grape to perfection. (Think Uruguay, Paso, and Madiran). Frequently hidden in Zin at 3-4%, here it’s unashamedly 35%. Smells/tastes like the full bodied old vine Zin that it is, with a rather distinguished backbone.

 

 

92 pts. International Wine Review. June2017

 

90 pts. Snooth. January 2017.

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