Gordo 2019 (Monastrell / Cabernet), Yecla DO
Item Number: 16798
Sub Region: Yecla
Appellation/AVA: Yecla DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 70% Monastrell / 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone and chalk with clay and gravel subsoil
Elevation: 2,339 feet
Terroir: The vineyards are located within the Yecla DO, within Murcia in southeastern Spain. Yecla’s higher altitude makes it significantly cooler than neighboring Jumilla, and the resulting wines are more aromatic with a fresh and easy character. The soils are composed of limestone and chalk with clay and gravel subsoil that are poor in organic matter. Due to the poor soils, the vines have low vigor. The yields are a low, producing smaller berries with a higher skin-to-juice ratio. These grapes fashion wines with great concentration and complexity in aromas. The vineyards are dry farmed and organic.
Vinification: Harvest takes place in the cool, early morning hours. The best bunches are selected and undergo a gentle crush. Whole clusters with stems undergo maceration at a cool temperature (59°F). Each grape variety is fermented separately. After fermentation, the skins and stems are kept together for an extended maceration of 7 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks. After aging for 2-3 months in oak barrels that are two years old, the Monastrell and Cabernet are blended. After one month, the wine is bottled.
Tasting Notes: Gordo showcases the brilliant quality of the Mourvèdre grape from this sunny appellation. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of blueberries. The sensational fruit characteristics are pure, as well as vivid. This full-bodied, opulent, stunningly savory, expansively flavored wine can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.
Pairing Suggestions: Try Gordo with blue cheese, stews, spicy chili and similar hearty dishes. This wine has the heft on the palate and spice to pair well with BBQ with serious heat, pulled pork sliders and BBQ chicken wings.