Gordo 2020

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"Gordo" is Patrick Mata's affectionate term for his father, José Mata. Across nearly four generations, Patrick's family has been involved in wine production in various Spanish regions, including Málaga, Montilla, Sanlucar, Rioja, and others. Their wines found their way to numerous countries, including the United States, both before and after the Prohibition era. However, in the 1960s, the demand for Málaga wines faced a significant decline, leading to the closure of the Mata winery in 1972. "Gordo" wine serves as a tribute to the Mata family's winemaking heritage, with a special focus on Patrick's father. The Gordo label faithfully replicates one of the family's late 1800s labels. Presently, after several decades, Patrick and Alberto Orte, operating under Vinos del Atlántico, are reviving their family's legacy. They are producing wines in various regions throughout the Iberian Peninsula, including this blend of Monastrell and Cabernet, which captures the richness and elegance of the southeastern Spanish terroir of Yecla.

A personal wine that pays tribute to Patrick's father. Produced from dry farmed vineyards. Vines are tended in chalk soil at 713 m (2,339 ft) elevation. This type of soil and the elevation result in wines that exhibit greater freshness with lifted flavors. This wine is vegan and made with organic grapes.

2020 91WE 'Best Buy', 90D, 90JS; 2019 91JS; 2017 92JS, 91VM; 2015 91VM, 91JS, 90WA; 2014 92 JS

70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines planted since 1970. Tended in chalk and limestone soil at 713 m (2,339 ft) elevation.

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 “five alarm” BBQ chicken wings.

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 in a post-fermentation extended maceration for seven days. Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks. After aging for three months in oak barrels that are two years old, the Monastrell and Cabernet are blended. The wine is bottled after one month in the tanks.

1,100 cases

The vineyards are located within the Yecla DO in Zone 8, within Murcia in southeastern Spain. The vineyards are in the Campo Arriba district of Yecla, at 713 meters (2,339 ft) elevation. Monastrell is also known as Mourvèdre in France and Mataro in Italy. Yecla's higher altitude makes it significantly cooler than neighboring Jumilla, and the resulting wines are more aromatic, with a fresh, easy-to-drink character. The soils are composed of limestone and chalk with clay and gravel subsoils that are poor in organic matter. Due to the poor soils, the vines have low vigor and yields are a low two kilograms (4.4 lbs.) of fruit per vine, producing smaller berries with a higher skin-to-juice ratio. These grapes fashion wines with greater concentration and complexity in aromas. For climate, the average temperature from May through October is 66 F, with only 13 inches of rain per year. This area receives a high amount of sunshine (3,893 hours per year).

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. - Notes by Robert Parker



.95 lbs (.43 kg)

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