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Date Printed: 7/27/2014
Vina Gormaz Tempranillo 2005
Vina Gormaz Tempranillo 2005
(search item no. 90674)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/27/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2005 follows the great 2004 debut with a worthy and more elegant successor. Severe drought lowered yields in this challenging vintage, while temperatures remained on the cool side, enhancing aromatic fruit intensity. Deep wild berry aromas and mouth filling flavor and length as only possible from the old vines. Tannins are evident but balanced by the succulent fresh fruit.

"The 2005 Vina Gormaz Tempranillo, produced from 50+-year-old ungrafted Tempranillo vines, is as good a value as exists from the D.O. of Ribera del Duero. This unoaked wine is dark ruby-colored with aromas of earth, spice, mineral, plum, and black currants. This is followed by a medium-bodied, ripe wine, with layered flavors, light tannin, and good balance. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. Buy this one by the case! - 90 points" --- Jay Miller, Wine Advocate

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About Vina Gormaz:

Having pioneered the founding and international market penetration of Spain’s Ribera del Duero region from the early 1980s, it is Classical Wines’ distinct privilege to discover and introduce the Tempranillo from Bodegas Gormaz. A former cooperative, this recently-privatized company controls the majority of vines in Ribera del Duero’s Soria province, the highest and least exploited of the region’s subdistricts. Remaining just outside the focus of major commercial development, the vineyards here have not undergone restructuring, being for the most part 50 years of age and older and commonly propagated from vine to vine in the prephylloxeric ‘promiscuous’ manner.

In former times, Soria was known for its claretes (dry rosé), resulting from a mixture of red and white grapes. Now the Tempranillo is separated from the white varieties, and the old-vine reds can be equal in structure and power to those from Peñafiel, Pesquera de Duero or Roa.