2021 Brecon Cabernet Franc

There are certainly few Francs more iconic than the legendary hilltop plantings on our beloved vineyard. Although Old Blue Eyes might take issue with that, even he would have to agree that the ripeness, lush red fruit and complexity is unmatched in the region. The distinctive and singular herbaceous aromatics are well known to our loyal followers. But alas, as all true Breconites know, these bottlings don't stick around for long. Perhaps tuck a few away while you can. 

Pls Note: The 2021 Franc was tasted by our Frank, penned by said Frank and perhaps poured for you by one in the same, hazel eyed Frank!

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2021 Brecon Malbec

If it's not broken don’t fix it, right? Well the previous vintage got a perfect 100pt score at the LA International Wine Competition, so we are certainly disinclined to change things too radically. How did we do it? Well, since the time of Asterix the Gaul and Julius Caesar, the fine folk of Cahors have been making delicious Malbec. That's why plucky little Brecon decided not to reinvent the chariot wheel, and mimic their wine's makeup, i.e. sneak in a sizable chunk of Tannat. Hence the bags of bright Malbec fruit with its lovely acid balance and certain softness of texture, reinforced with a solid Tannat backbone. All of this overlain with fine French oak that imparts cinnamon/nutmeg overtones with hints of vanilla candies.

Platinum. Boston Intl, Nov 2023

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2021 Brecon Meritage

A wine so elegant, we just had to offer you a limerick:

There once was a wine called ‘Meritage’
Bordeaux blend so beautifully rich
Old vine complexity
Drinking so velvety
Add this to your cellar storage!

Every year, our Meritage blend differs which makes our wine lively, integrated, and organoleptically interesting. Like a mad scientist, mixing components, or a meticulous crockpot meal with various ingredients–our winemaker has done it again! Careful tannin management and oak integration has created a wine worth writing poetry for. (Sorry we employed an English grad!)

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2021 Brecon Mourvedre

Mamma said never start a tasting note with “moderately catastrophic!” It does, however, define mother’s often-used facial expression. Perfectly describing the ‘last drop syndrome’ of our too often sold out Reserve Mourvedre. We eventually bowed to parental pressure, secretly sourced a fascinating new vineyard and made a few extra drops. Who’s a good boy then! So here it is our cheekiest Mourvedre yet! Best served instead of a cheeky pint (perhaps that should say “sneaky” in mumsie’s case). According to the Blues Brothers, this particular vineyard combines both styles of Mourvedre, all in one rich sophisticated glass. Luscious, fruit-forward, and the down right, down to earthy. All with the signature bright acids associated with a Calcareous ridgetop.

92 pts. James Suckling, September 2023

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2021 Brecon Feral Underclass

“The Self Deprecation Society.” Well, how else do you make a label memorable these days? Now this is no “Italian job,” but we have heisted a lot of gold over the years with this single vineyard offering–without ever owning a Mini Cooper. Don’t let any of this go over your head. It’s a lush dark fruit wine with layers of peppery spice. Made with two non “noble” grape varieties (Petite Sirah/Zinfandel 69/29) and fermented with rather wild feral yeast. Like us, you may want to invest in a new double hammock to truly enjoy this wine somewhat horizontally.

Best In Class. Boston Intl, Nov 2023

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2021 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Franc

Shh, better be quiet around them… these old vines sure do hold 50 years of secrets. To tell you the truth, we even thought about not writing a tasting note, knowing it will sell out with a snap of the fingers. We even considered (for a fleeting moment) to let Chat GPT write this note for us. But as a whimsical wordsmith, I figured I shall not let technology take over this winery just yet! Since we have old vines, we might as well keep it old fashioned for a while longer. These smooth old rascals grow regally on its own Calcareous hilltop, creating lovely cherry-red, subtly fragrant, soft quality.

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2021 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

“Stock up and ferret away”! (Yes, it's a true British-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 diddly squat 2021 Reserve Cab beyond the upcoming wine club allocations. This is indeed a good sign;  it shows that Brecon is committed to putting our best foot forward and not unnecessarily stretching a blend when we are short of the good stuff. However, like any good prepper, make sure you have enough squirreled away while you can!

Not Reviewed yet.

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2021 Brecon Reserve Mourvedre

Perhaps a little unusual for the Brecon Mourvedre to be on the spectrum, the Reserve Spectrum that is. However as a fully paid up member of the “flat Jupiter society,” I am sure you will totally appreciate the gravitas of this Mourvedre, bending distant light sources to its will. The consequent red shift is phenomenal. Visually beguiling, ever enchanting, like many heavenly bodies. Drink now or for the next 4.2+ “buzz light years”. Intriguingly this equates to light just now emanating from our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, reaching us as this wine reaches its “optimus prime”, i.e. the end of 2027.

95 pts, Gold. California State Fair Wine Competition, June 2023

93 pts. Decanter, September 2023

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2020 Magnum 10th of Brecon with Box

This wine honors a Major Milestone and perhaps is a nod to how time flies. It really has been ten crazy years since we purchased what is now Brecon Estate. Along the way we tried to take a path less traveled, picking up a somewhat colorful inner circle and rather unconventional influences. This special wine aims to reflect all this and improve on our ever popular “42” Rhone Blend, “the answer to life, the universe and everything.” A little more color, structure and silkiness, perhaps thanks to the addition of some tiny-berried Petite Sirah baby vines. Best saved for a special occasion or large family gathering. 

92 pts. James Suckling, September 2022

93 pts. purely domestic wine report, December 2022

91 pts. Vinous, May 2023

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