Ribera del Duero, Spain
Originating as principal regional cooperative, Bodegas Gormaz was among the 16 founding members of Ribera del Duero, in 1982. Privatized in 2004, contracts are maintained to control over 1300 acres of vines in Ribera del Duero's eastern subdistrict of Soria. The highest and least exploited of the region's subdistricts, remaining just outside the focus of commercial development, Soria retains the highest remaining percentage of old 'head-pruned' Tempranillo. The vines, typically 50 years of age or older, have been commonly allowed to propagate in the prephylloxeric 'promiscuous' manner, enabling an ungrafted adaptation to the terroir of rocky limestone at elevations above 3000 feet.
In former times, Soria was known for its clarets (dry Rose), 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 Penafiel, Pesquera de Duero or Roa.
Deep wild berry aromas and mouth filling flavor and length are provided by the old Tempranillo vines. Tannins are ample but balanced by textural richness and juicy fruit.