About The Wine
Inside the Bottle: Breo’s middle range wine, Xastre, could easily be mistaken for a wine from France’s Northern Rhône or Ardeche in taste, were it not for this mix of indigenous Galician grapes (95% indigenous, at least) that bring a unique stamp unlike any grapes from outside of this area of the Iberian Peninsula. Mencia (85% of this blend) is not a grape known for raging acidity (unless you know the wines from Fuentes del Silencio, from Leon) but rather for its seductive fresh berry and earthy nuances along with a propensity for being a strong transmitter of mineral and metal impressions, associated with specific soil types. It was largely planted in Galicia to replace varietals with less productivity and less consistent growth patterns, but in places where conditions place it under duress, it brings its A-game; the best examples showcase layer upon layer of x-factor.
(Click here to see a 3-D image of Breo’s vineyard site. His vineyards are the green sections above the main road. The vast majority of the vineyards surrounding are chemically farmed, demonstrated by their lack of green.)