Gómez Cruzado Pancrudo Rioja (Atlantic Garnacha)
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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.
The old bush-trained Garnacha vines are planted in red ferrous-clay soils in the rolling hills of Badarán (near the upper Najerilla), due south of Haro. The vineyards are north-facing at around 650m altitude. The grapes are hand-harvested into 200kg crates, and are sorted by hand at the winery. 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.
" ...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).
Grapes: Garnacha 100%
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegans: No
Gómez Cruzado Pancrudo Rioja (Atlantic Garnacha) 2019: “Pancrudo has played an important role in the renaissance of Garnacha in Rioja. Made with fruit from old vines grown on north-facing red clay soils at 650 metres in Badarán, the 2019 has lovely focus and patrician elegance, with serious underlying tannins, stylish 66% new wood, stony reduction and vibrant plum and red cherry fruit.” 96pts Tim Atkin MW ‘Rioja 2022 Special Report’ (February ‘22)