91pointsQuinta da Muradella 2012 Gorvia Doña Blanca (Monterrei)

This is a mature, oxidized style of wine made from the local Doña Blanca grape; look for a mix of Galician minerality, Jura-like flavors and Sherry complexity. Aromas of resiny oak, roast corn and hay are dry, leading to a grabby palate, with a grape-skin texture. Woody, buttery dried apple flavors finish full and long, with popcorn notes and the essence of controlled oxidation. By no means is this for everyone, but it's well made and has its virtues. Drink now through 2023. Michael Schachner

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  • Alcohol
    13.5%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    White
  • Importer
    Olé Imports
  • Date Published
    8/1/2019
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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