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Portray Juan Antonio Leza and David González
Portray Juan Antonio Leza and David González

Tim Atkin MW stands out Gómez Cruzado amongst terroir-driven producers behind the best Rioja wines

The Master of Wine places all the wines of the winery above 90 points, with 'Pancrudo 2015', with 95 points, as one of the wines of the year

09 of February of 2018

Haro, 9th February 2018.- (IMAGE: TIM ATKIN MW) The Master of Wine and British journalist Tim Atkin has published his annual monographic report on Rioja in which he offers a portrait of the appellation of origin at a time of legislative changes that he welcomes as a first step towards future transformations to deepen the Identification of the quality of the wine from the vineyard. Atkin MW has stood out the work of GÓMEZ CRUZADO among the "outstanding producers" of Rioja that are moving "towards the expression of the individual villages and sites" to give birth to "the very best Riojas".

The Master of Wine endorses the winemaking work of Juan Antonio Leza and David González at the head of GÓMEZ CRUZADO and places all the wines of the winery above 90 points, with PANCRUDO 2015 - "brilliant Garnacha from 80-year-old vines"- (95 points) as one of the wines of the year. Tim Atkin MW also praises the remaining wines of the GÓMEZ CRUZADO TERROIR SELECTION. MONTES OBARENES 2015, "delicious white" in his words, is once again one of the best scored whites in Rioja, with 94 points. And CERRO LAS CUEVAS 2014 - "another serious, tightly focused red from Gómez Cruzado"- receives 93 points, as well as HONORABLE 2014, a blend of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards planted in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria.

 “I’ve never been more excited by the quality of the region’s wines or their potential for even greater things”, underlines Tim Atkin MW. He adds: "If things work out well, Spain’s leading wine region could be even more interesting, inspiring new and existing drinkers to explore this remarkable demoninación. Yes, we need a proper series of Burgundian-style soil maps to explain Rioja’s terroirs in greater depth. And yes, we need the best producers to take an active role in changing the region for the better. But all these things take time. Just ask a Burgundian

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