Gordo Yecla 2012

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Gordo is Patrick Mata's affectionate way of calling his father, Jose Mata. For almost 4 generations Patrick's family produced wine in Malaga, Montilla, Sanlucar, Rioja and other Spanish regions. These wines were sold in many countries including the U.S. before and after prohibition. During the 1960's the demand of Malaga wines suffered greatly which ultimately resulted in the Mata winery closing its doors in 1972. The wine Gordo pays tribute to the Mata winemaking heritage and specifically to Patrick's father. The Gordo label is a replica of one of the family labels from the late 1800's. Today after a few decades, Patrick and Alberto are resurrecting their family heritage and producing wines in many regions throughout the Iberian peninsula including this rich yet elegant blend of Monastrell-Cabernet from the south east of Spain.

Monastrell is better known as Mourvedre in France's Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where the terroir and climate are similar to that of the Yecla region. Both regions have a Mediterranean climate with warm days and nights. Located in the warmer southeast part of Spain, Yecla is one of the country's oldest wine regions, with a rich history dating back to the 6th Century. Yecla is also one of only a few wine regions in Spain that has remained unaffected by phylloxera. In recent years, the astounding rediscovery of Yecla by American journalists and consumers has prompted international acclaim for wines based on Monastrell. Native to Spain, Monastrell was brought to France around the 5-6th Century.

The Gordo 2012 is a blend of 70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon made from organically grown vines planted in 1970. Dry farmed in chalk and limestone soil at 713 m (2,339 ft) elevation, Gordo has wonderful ripe fruit, without tasting overripe. Balanced and pure, we absolutely love this! The importer suggests serving Gordo with blue cheese, stews, spicy chili and other 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.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Brand Gordo
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine AdvocateA fabulous value from Patrick Mata, the 2012 Gordo is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard planted in 1970. Aged three months in French oak, it 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 2012 can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.

Robert Parker, November 2014