Rioja’s Gómez Cruzado winery was founded in 1886 and remains a small, quality-conscious bodega in the heart of Haro, Rioja’s most important wine town. In 2013, their 2007 Reserva (in red) won the Best Rioja trophy at the Wines of Spain Awards (beating out CUNE’s Imperial Gran Reserva 2004, which had won Wine Spectator’s No. 1 Wine of 2013 title).
Now – if you’re quick – you can taste what the Gómez team can do in white. And it’s really, really good.
Using a special selection of zesty Viura grapes and rare Tempranillo Blanco, winemaking duo Juan Antonio Leza and David González aged a portion of the wine on its less in oak barrels for five months, resulting in extra richness and roundness. It’s a perfect example of the new, modern white Riojas. And it’s already garnering big critical acclaim. Along with plaudits from the International Wine Challenge, it also turned the head of The Wine Advocate’s Spanish expert, Luis Gutiérrez:
“The wine feels quite fruit-driven, with a nice mixture of flowers and white fruit with a chalky hint, as well as some lactic and spicy notes. It’s quite elegant and balanced, terribly tasty and easy to drink. Very good value.” – 90 Points, The Wine Advocate
Gómez Cruzado Blanco strikes the perfect balance between citrus freshness and fuller, creamy oak flavors. It’s a style that’s very food friendly, and goes especially well with appetizers like fine cured ham or hard cheeses. Recommended main courses are roast poultry or pork, or a rich, saffron-infused fish stew.
Only a small fraction of Rioja’s production is white, so wines of this quality are always in short supply. It’s well worth getting to know this Blanco right now.