Founded in 2015, the 106-acre Bodegas Morca estate is planted with organic and dry farmed, head-pruned bush vines of old-vine Garnacha, ranging in age from 45 to 87 years old at altitudes between 1,800 to 2,800 feet at the foot of the Moncayo Mountain on limestone soils. Known as the “Empire of Garnacha”, all of the vineyards are dry-farmed, without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The winery, which was built to LEED (“Leadership in Energy Efficient Design”) Standards, is off the electrical grid using only solar power, and is zero-waste. Thus, each parcel is hand-harvested, fermented and aged separately so that their evolutions can be monitored strictly through multiple tastings and ultimately the perfect blends can be made for each of the wines produced at this winery.
Bodegas Morca is a Juan Gil family (Jumilla) project with local viticulturist Jordi Flos and winemaker Frank Gonzales in charge. Gonzalez began his career with the Gil Family assisting Chris Ringland at Bodegas El Nido.
This garnacha is hand picked and sorted from 45 and 87 years old vines. The yields are very extremely low at approximately 0.67 ton per acre. The fermentation is with indigenous yeast in open stainless-steel vats, followed by malolactic and then aged 22 months in new French oak. Packed in 6-bottle cases, only 360 are produced each year. A modern, ripe style. 16.0% alcohol.
“Deep, lurid violet. Ripe dark berries, cherry cola, vanilla and pungent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth, broad and sweet on entry, then tighter in the midpalate, offering impressively concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors and hints of vanilla, licorice and spice cake. A smoky nuance builds with air and carries through a very long, gently tannic finish that repeats the floral and licorice notes.” – 94 points, Josh Raynolds, February 2021 for Vinous