2017 Pancrudo Rioja Gomez Cruzado, Rioja, Spain


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The Gómez Cruzado winery dates back to 1886 when Angel Gómez de Arteche started to produce and bottle his own wine in Haro, at the very heart of Rioja Alta. This was in the day when the wine trade between Rioja and France passed along the Tudela-Bilbao line, and the key Rioja wineries were located around the station of Haro. The winery sits just 100m from the station to this day. The winery sources fruit from almost a hundred different plots across 3 distinct regions: Alto Najerilla, Bajo Najerilla and Sierra Cantabria.
One of Gomez Cruzado's 'Terroir Selection', Pancrudo is an expression of selected vineyards around Badarán, in southern Rioja Alta. Here the high elevation, limited yield, red iron-rich soil, northern exposure and continental climate produces a wine with distinctive character. After fermentation in stainless steel, gently plunging the cap, malolactic fermentation takes place - 65% in new French oak, and 35% in egg-shaped concrete tanks. The resulting wine is blended and bottled.
“The 2017 Pancrudo is pure Garnacha from the village of Badarán, produced exactly in the same way as 2016. It's from a riper and easier year that delivered round-ish wines with a touch more alcohol and less acidity, but still vibrant and elegant. This is a more approachable version of an extreme zone. This is more in the style of 2015, juicier and a little headier than 2016, combining good ripeness with balance and integrated oak. The palate is juicy and elegant, with chalky, fine-grained tannins.” 94 Points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, 28th Jun 2019, 2019-2026

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