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2020 Brea Wine Co. Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: Paso Robles, California


Tasting Notes

Vibrant and rich berry notes, with dark chocolate and a warm spice combo. If you are looking for that big bold California Cab, look no further. Pair this with some good aged cheese such as gouda, or a grilled rib-eye.

Winery Details

Chris Brockway, winemaker and owner at Broc Cellars, a noted California natural wine maker, and Tim Elenteny, the libations logistics master behind Elenteny Imports, are the masterminds behind BREA Wine Company.

They have seen the thirst for site specific, terroir driven, and sustainably farmed wine become the driving force for many avant-garde California winemakers who gravitate toward varieties that flow outside the mainstream. BREA Wine Company seeks to capture this thirst while also bringing the beloved classic varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir into the fold.

The two seek to create wine that is beyond reproach by fostering close relationships with farmers and choosing vineyards known for their high quality grapes. BREA wines are accessible in price and quality, ready to drink now but also suitable for short term aging. The goal is to open minds back up to these classic varietals. There is a reason people have loved them over the years and we want you to be proud to have them on your shelves or serve them by the glass.

This is their sixth vintage making Cabernet Sauvignon from Margarita Vineyard in southern Paso Robles.  Margarita Vineyard is a beautiful, off-the-beaten path jewel in Paso. It is located at 1,000 ft. elevation and 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Some people may consider this area in California to be “too cool” to fully ripen Cabernet, but they believe it to be the opposite! The maritime climate affords them a longer growing season to help ripen the Cabernet without it being overly ripe.  This is a very delicate expression of California Cabernet, with mild tannins in the background from the small berries.  There is also a mineral core to this wine, a common thread that you’ll find in many of the wines from this vineyard making it unique. The uplifted seabed and calcareous nature of this vineyard helps to maintain a good balanced acidity in the wine.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Brea Wine Company - Chris Brockway and Tim Elenteny

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA

Vinification: Organic and sustainable farming. The grapes are hand harvested, pressed 100% destemmed and spontaneously fermented with native yeasts in stainless vats. Aged in oak barrels. Little to no SO2 (sulfites) used.

Aging: Aged 10 months in 10% new French Oak and 90% neutral French Oak barrels

% ABV: 13.5%