Review: 2018 Brecon Mourvedre and Cabernet Franc
Brecon can be find in California’s idyllic Paso Robles region, where it sells its wines exclusively through its tasting room. We recently tasted two expressions, both intense reds from the 2018 vintage.
2018 Brecon Mourvedre Paso Robles Adelaida District – Intense from the get-go, this wine punches you in the throat with the elements of a mixed berry smoothie, including raspberry, blueberry, and lots of strawberry, which surprises. Quite unctuous and doughy, the finish sees ample notes of vanilla and chocolate, giving it an almost dessert-like quality. It’s a bit much on its own but with a spicy meal it holds its own a bit better. B- / $64
2018 Brecon Cabernet Franc Reserve Paso Robles Adelaida District – Intense and brambly, this cab franc is lush with notes of blackberry and baking spice, with lengthy and enduring vanilla and chocolate notes developing with time in glass. Notes of coffee bean and a somewhat weighty, barrel-driven character builds on the finish, though there’s plenty of boozy sweetness (at 15.2% abv) to temper any of that heavy earthiness that you might find in the mix. A- / $73
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