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2018 Bodegas Breca Rosé, Calatayud Spain
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I’ve been wondering when I was going to get around to posting about wine. I’ve been so busy getting things going for the shop that I just haven’t had time. Then I tasted this Spanish rose a few days ago and it stopped me in my tracks. This was going to be the first wine I introduced to my family, friends and the Rae’s Place community.
I LOVE rosé. While I prefer rosé from the South of France I enjoy any rosé that is made well and tastes good. The wines from Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon, etc., are generally crisp, fruity and refreshing (my idea of what everyone should drink when it’s hot outside). So, how did this wine from Northeastern Spain sway me away from the azure seas of Southern France?
First and foremost, it is bright and lively like a rosé should be, but then there’s this amazing presence of dried fruit on the nose the palate and much more body than I was expecting. I thought it was a few years old but there was too much acidity left in the wine for it to be “falling apart”. I checked the label and sure enough a 2018, current vintage, and the beginning of the vintage at that. There was so much structure in the wine. It was more than a refresher, this rosé wanted…FOOD! I was thinking of salmon, pork tenderloin and sushi. While it can be hard to find a rose that can go from the deck to the dinner table, this is one does that in spades.
So, what makes this wine so good? We have Jorge Ordonez to thank for that. Groupo Jorge Ordonez owns eight wineries covering thirteen different growing regions (DOs) throughout Spain. He has also been importing Spanish wines to the US since the late 1980s. His goal has always been to protect and represent little know wine making areas, indigenous grapes and wine makers that hold on to old-school practices like dry farming, organics and non-intervention. This offering from his Bodegas Breca winery is right in line with this. The grape used is Grenache (Garnacha), the most popular grape in the world for making rosé. But this is Garnacha de Aragon, the oldest and least genetically manipulated clone of Grenache on the planet. This is like tasting a Roma tomato from the store next to an heirloom tomato from the garden or a heritage breed of pork next to the one we all see in stores. When you try them, you think to yourself “this is the way it’s supposed to taste”.
I can’t wait to get this into the shop. There are a few more things I should mention about this wine before I go: it has already received 90pts from Wine Spectator, rosés don’t usually rate much higher than that as they are usually afterthoughts for wineries or made simply for enjoying in the sun. This rosé is clearly different. Also, this wine will be incredibly affordable. Ridiculously affordable.
Thank you for spending a little time with us and we look forward to helping you “Create Happy Hour at Home”
Jeff Champion: Owner of Rae’s Place Fine Wine Boutique