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Gómez Cruzado debuts 2017 vintage of Cerro Las Cuevas and Pancrudo from their Terroir Selection

The 2017 vintage was the earliest in Rioja’s recorded history, and the final result has been exceptional: very fragrant and balanced wines, thanks to the fresh nature of our vineyards’ locations

21 of June of 2019

GÓMEZ CRUZADO, located in Haro's Barrio de la Estación, is launching the 2017 vintage of CERRO LAS CUEVAS and PANCRUDO from its TERROIR SELECTION. Both wines are limited editions: 5,339 bottles of Cerro Las Cuevas and 5,527 bottles of Pancrudo (75 cl), along with 200 magnum bottles of each.

GÓMEZ CRUZADO’s evolving project is reflected in their increasing acquisition of diversevineyards. Thus, for example, the 2017 vintage of CERRO LAS CUEVAS hails from the vineyards LAS LADERAS and CALITRANCOS, located in Ollauri, in Rioja Alta.

LAS LADERAS is a stronghold of Rioja’s historic and heroic viticulture: its terraced landscape requires intensive manual work along every step of the vegetative cycle. This terrain, which has a grade of up to 50%, is also home to all the traditional varieties of Rioja – primarily Tempranillo, but also Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha.

Meanwhile the vineyard LAS LADERAS dates back almost 100 years and its dimensions are quite narrow. The lower portion of the plot is dominated by Rioja’s characteristic limestone soil that cohabits with soils of pebbly surface, which are typical of Rioja’s high-elevation wilderness. This is where the grapes destined to become CERRO LAS CUEVAS grow. These soils instill the wine with finesse from the tannins and provides very controlled vigor. The CALITRANCOS vineyard has lighter sandy soil with some vines rooted in limestone. This terrain makes for wines with depth and concentration.

PANCRUDO is born in ancient vineyards in the village of Badarán, located in the Upper Najerilla Valley: a pre-mountainous landscape with a cold and humid climate. This late-ripening area pushes the limits for growing Garnacha. In a traditionally claret region, Garnacha exhibits a unique, delicate and subtle character. This variety has been rediscovered to obtain red wine with finesse, minerality, acidity and fruitiness.

2017: “the year of the frost”

The 2017 vintage will go down in history as "the year of the frost". After a dry and mild winter, budding occurred notably early in the season. Then, on April 28th, the eve of San Prudencio, temperatures dropped below zero in the majority of our vineyards. This event played a definitive role in our approach to the vineyard throughout the vegetative cycle. Due to low-yield production and the summer drought, all work in the vineyard focused on avoiding the loss of freshness in the different varieties. This was earliest vintage in Rioja’s recorded history, and the final result has been exceptional: very fragrant and balanced wines, thanks to the fresh nature of our vineyards’ locations, among other factors. Nevertheless, it was a curtailed vintage, with average yields lower than usual.

GÓMEZ CRUZADO explores the diversity of the entire valley that comprises the geographical region of Rioja through their collection of village wines ‘Terroir Selection’, born from the winemaker’s desire to convey the expression of very specific plots of land, and the truly unique characteristics that distinguish these plots from the rest, even in a designation of origin as richly nuanced and diverse as Rioja. The wines are rooted in the landscape and people of these special ‘mini-Riojas’, which truly deserve to be portrayed, so as to reveal the unique expression of these extraordinary enclaves.

 

 

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