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Pancrudo among Rioja’s top wines in the 10x10 tasting in the UK

Tim Atkin -co-chair with Sarah Jane Evans of the tasting panel and both Masters of Wine- includes Pancrudo in the Chairs’ Choice category of wines they consider shining stars in the 2019 line up

18 of October of 2019

PANCRUDO, of the Terroir Selection by the GÓMEZ CRUZADO winery located in Haro’s BARRIO DE LA ESTACIÓN, was included among the Chairs’ Choice category of wines in 2019 Rioja 10x10 tasting organized in the United Kingdom by the Rioja DOCa Regulatory Council to share with sommeliers, educators, trade, press and consumers the wide reaching diversity and recognized quality of the Rioja region.

Spanish wine specialists and writers Tim Atkin and Sarah Jane Evans, who are also both Masters of Wine, led a panel of fourteen experts in a blind tasting of hundreds of samples in order to choose the winners. PANCRUDO’s 2017 vintage is currently on the market and was named among the best Riojas -"shining stars in the 2019 line up"- in the fifth edition of the 10x10 tasting

"Those familiar with 10x10 can expect to see a fresh line up of winners across the now-established categories, while the return of the 'Chairs' Choices' category is an opportunity for Tim and Sarah Jane to draw particular attention those wines they consider shining stars in the 2019 line up", urdelines the organization. 

Rioja's top 100 wines and Chair's choice  were available for tasting at the Rioja Festival on Thursday, October 17th on the Southbank of London. This event was open to consumers, trade, sommeliers, educatos and general and specialized British media outlets. The winning wines will be featured in other activities by the Rioja 10x10 campaign in the United Kingdom throughout the year. 

Rioja is a very diverse region: in soils, altitudes, aspects, influence from the river Ebro and its tributaries. The difference now is that it's being talked about and shared with wine lovers, and not before time. This is so much complex than simply Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and the newly named Rioja Oriental. Added to that is the revival of old varieties and a respect for the old ways. The result is glorious complexity. It's a great time to explore these wines”, states Sarah Jane Evans, co-chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards and autor of The Wines of Northern Spain.

According to award-winning journalist Tim Atkin, “throughout the region, there is increased focus on a true sense of place, not just on Rioja's skill at blending and ageing wines (…). Rioja is changing for the better and our perception should shift too”.

PANCRUDO, a reflection of the terroir of the Upper Najerilla valley

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.

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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