Review Score 94
Galicia

2013 Quinta da Muradella Monterrei Gorvia Blanco

Limpid, yellow-gold. A highly complex, mineral-laced bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, chalky minerals, sweet butter and white flowers. A hint of anise emerges with air. Shows noteworthy depth and sharp delineation in the mouth, offering vibrant orange zest, pear nectar, buttered toast and succulent herb flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful, yet graceful in character, displaying superb focus and mineral thrust on an impressively long finish that features lingering floral and orchard fruit flourishes. (Aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and used 500-liter French oak barrels.) Read more
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Josh Raynolds - Vinous

Limpid, yellow-gold. A highly complex, mineral-laced bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, chalky minerals, sweet butter and white flowers. A hint of anise emerges with air. Shows noteworthy depth and sharp delineation in the mouth, offering vibrant orange zest, pear nectar, buttered toast and succulent herb flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful, yet graceful in character, displaying superb focus and mineral thrust on an impressively long finish that features lingering floral and orchard fruit flourishes. (Aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and used 500-liter French oak barrels.)

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Plying his trade in the remote and vinously obscure Monterrei DO hasn't stopped Jose-Luis Mateo emerging as one of northwest Spain's more revered growers. Mateo crafts a plethora of wines from a dizzying collection of old, dry-grown parcels. His Gorvia bottlings are unique and offer the kind of depth and minerality that gives the best of France a run for its money. Mateo releases both a red and a white from this vineyard, a 1.2-hectare site in near Monterrei Castle in the northwestern Pazo de Monterrei subzone. He took over the site about 27 years ago and has since replanted some varieties with massale cuttings from the ancient A Trabe mountain vineyard. Farmed using biodynamic principles, the site sits on a slope of slate/schist soils (with a lot of iron in the mix) at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level. It’s a singular vineyard which begets one of Spain’s most distinctive whites. While the Tinto is a blend of several varieties, the Gorvia Blanco is produced entirely from Doña Blanca. Fermented in mature 1500-litre oak foudres (one-third on skins) then aged in barrel with partial malolactic fermentation for 11 months before bottling, the wine later spends two winters in stainless steel. The final cut is at first deep and fleshy, then mineral and chalky, with complex aromas and flavours of mixed citrus, feijoa, chamomile and almond meal. A vibrant and complex finish completes the picture for this wonderful, unique white..

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Plying his trade in the remote and vinously obscure Monterrei DO hasn't stopped Jose-Luis Mateo emerging as one of northwest Spain's more revered growers. Mateo crafts a plethora of wines from a dizzying collection of old, dry-grown parcels. His Gorvia bottlings are unique and offer the kind of depth and minerality that gives the best of France a run for its money. Mateo releases both a red and a white from this vineyard, a 1.2-hectare site in near Monterrei Castle in the northwestern Pazo de Monterrei subzone. He took over the site about 27 years ago and has since replanted some varieties with massale cuttings from the ancient A Trabe mountain vineyard. Farmed using biodynamic principles, the site sits on a slope of slate/schist soils (with a lot of iron in the mix) at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level. It’s a singular vineyard which begets one of Spain’s most distinctive whites. While the Tinto is a blend of several varieties, the Gorvia Blanco is produced entirely from Doña Blanca. Fermented in mature 1500-litre oak foudres (one-third on skins) then aged in barrel with partial malolactic fermentation for 11 months before bottling, the wine later spends two winters in stainless steel. The final cut is at first deep and fleshy, then mineral and chalky, with complex aromas and flavours of mixed citrus, feijoa, chamomile and almond meal. A vibrant and complex finish completes the picture for this wonderful, unique white..

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