Gomez Cruzado Rioja Crianza 2015
Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
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The Gómez Cruzado Crianza is made with grapes from Riojas Alavesa and Alta, blending 20% Garnacha from cooler sites with Tempranillo. It's a youthful, serious red with appealing balance, crunchy red berry fruit and understated wood. Very impressive. 2019-25. Alcohol: 14
The 2015 Crianza has a profile that mixes modern and more traditional characteristics. There is more fruit and less spice—the oak is used and the toast is limited, and the wine has more fruit, cherries and berries, which are a recurring note in the Rioja Alta zone. A blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, it has 13.1% alcohol and good freshness, mixing power, ripeness and concentration with elegance and balance. It's easy to drink. It's from a good and easy vintage when almost everybody made good wine. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2017.
After its founding, GÓMEZ CRUZADO was bought in 1916 by Ángel and Jesús Gómez Cruzado, both natives of Rioja, for whom today´s winery is named. There have been many investors over the years. At the beginning of the new millenium, the winery changed hands to the Baños family: the current owners, who hail from Badarán and also have ties to Mexico, where they currently reside. Thus, the winery maintains its family-business style.
At present GÓMEZ CRUZADO is run by the leadership team of David González and Juan Antonio Leza, two young Riojan winemakers and viticulture technicians with over a decade of experience as consultants for significant projects in different regions. David and Juan Antonio have been advising the company since 2008 and today it is their primary passion.
Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Oriental produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.
Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged for one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two, but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.
Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.
White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.