2012 Quinta da Muradella Gorvia Tinto Monterrei, Spain
Gorvia Red is a single vineyard wine made by Bodegas Quinta da Muradella in the DO region of Monterrei. Just above the border of Portugal in northwest Spain, Monterrei is part of an area whose rich geology was once prized by the Romans for mining, notably gold. Ancient findings have confirmed that the Romans are responsible for another of the area's treasures, vineyards. Winemaker and proprietor Jose Luis Mateo coined the vineyard name,"Gorvia." The philosophy behind Gorvia is to produce a vino de finca (single vineyard wine) from the northwest side of the region, in the Pazos de Monterrei subzone, from grape varieties planted during the region's third historic period in the 1980s. All grapes are certified organic and the viticulture is biodynamic. Gorvia Tinto is made from Mencía, Caiño Redondo and Bastardo. Jose Luis has done relentless work recuperating old vineyards and their efforts have shown the quality potential of the region's grapes. Their wines have earned accolades from The Wine Advocate and Guia Peñin.