Gomez Cruzado Rioja Res 75cl
Whilst yields were relatively low in 2012 due to low rainfall, this was a great year for crafting wines with beautifully ripe fruit and complexity - perfect for ageing. This Reserva is the result of a perfect combination of Tempranillo fruit from different terroirs - the alluvial soils give ripeness and elegance, whilst the limestone-clay soils add structure and silkiness.
The Tempranillo grapes are sourced from 30 year old bush vines planted in the Sierra Cantabria foothills, and along the lower course of the Najerilla river - where soils are part alluvial and part limesone-clay. They are hand-harvested into 200kg crates, and sorted by hand at the winery. After 3 days maceration at low temperature, the must undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in cone-shaped stainless steel tanks with daily remontage and delestage. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barriques (new and second year), followed by 2 years of bottle ageing.
Pronounced black cherry, cedar and spice aromas. The palate is supple yet richly-flavoured with layers of dark plum, bramble fruit and cherry supported by well-integrated tannins. Toasty notes, black pepper and dried fruit characters on the finish.
Will match hearty stews and richly-flavoured sausages
Region; RIOJA, SPAIN
Winemaker; DAVID GONZÁLEZ
Allergens; SULPHITES AND NO OTHER ALLERGENS