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The wine 12 Linajes Reserva 2012 of Bodegas Gormaz has won a Bacchus Gold Medal in the last edition of the Bacchus Competition 2017. This Ribera del Duero is the expression of the philosophy of the winery, which form part of the first group of wineries to receive the official certification of appellation, but not forgetting to update itself to get the excellence on its making process of its wines. The young oenologist, Mª José, from her incorporation to the winery, has been sure about how the wines of Bodegas Gormaz have to be. She saids “our 12 Linajes Reserva borns with the intention to show different expressions of the fine red wine variety in a special soil, as our estates in Atauta are, where are settled old hand-harvested vines that are afterwards selected on the winery”.
The description of the vintage year as “very good” by the Regulatory Council presents 12 Linajes Reserva as a wine made from the land, based on a mix of vineyards settled on slopes, paramo and the bottom of the valley in Atauta. The harvest takes place in the exact moment of the grapes maturity. The vintage 2012 bring us this elegant cherry red wine of an intense and bright layer. It is complex and elegant, dominated by the red fruits. On the palate, it is silky and greasy, sweet, of mature tannins and intense balsamic and toasted notes.
Founded in 1972, Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz is a winery with a long track record in the Ribera del Duero region, where it formed part of the first group of wine producers to receive official certification of Appellation. Although the first minutes of the Ribera del Duero D.O. dates from 1980, this Apellation was officially founded in 1982 with 12 submitted wineries, between them there was Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz. Currently, the winery has 520ha of vineyard divided in more than 1000 small estates grouped in 70 wine growing areas. It is one of the most antique wine growing areas of the country, with an age average of 65 years old; the 70% of the vines are over 80 years old. The winery manages the vineyard in long-term agreements with the viticulturists of the region, which allow to the winery takes part in the ripening and grape selection process, guaranteeing the best quality every year.