Red wine Reserva. 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Tempranillo
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Viura, Mazuela and Graciano.
Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Garnacha Tinta
White wine Barrel. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Viura and Tempranillo Blanco.
Red wine Crianza. 12 months in American oak barrels. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.
Red wine Barrel. 5 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.
White wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels and concrete deposits. Winery: Gómez Cruzado. D.O.Ca. Rioja. (La Rioja) Variety: Viura and Tempranillo Blanco.
D.O.: D.O.Ca. Rioja
The origin of this winery dates back to 1886, when Mr Ángel Gómez de Arteche, a Mexican nobleman linked to the duchy of Moctezuma de Tultengo, decided to make and bottle wines in Haro, specifically in the town of Barrio de la Estación. The trading of wine between Rioja and France via railroad —with the Tudela-Bilbao line running through Haro— was inaugurated in 1863. This lead to the growth of Barrio de la Estación at the end of the 19th century, with wineries located next to the train tracks. Here they made ‘fino wines’, bottled and aged in barrels in the French style. This is how Barrio de la Estación saw the birth of one of the century-old wineries that writes the history of modern Rioja at the end of the 19th century.
History of the winery
In 1916, the old winery is bought by Mr Agustín and Mr Jesús Gómez Cruzado, originally from Rioja, and who have the name to the current winery, Gómez Cruzado. After been succeeded by several investors throughout the decades, and with the turn of the century, the winery landed in the hands of its current owners, the Baños family, originally from the Rioja village of Badarán but living in Mexico. This way, the winery recovered its family character. Currently, and since 2008, Gómez Cruzado is managed by David González and Juan Antonio Leza, two young oenologists and viticultural technicians with over a decade of specialised work experience as advisors of important projects in different winegrowing areas.
In 2005, they concluded a large renovation project on the facilities. This prepared the winery to face the 21st century, applying the advances in knowledge and the new techniques every day to work with precision in the production of wines with sharp aromas and pure flavours.
The starting point of the quality of the Gómez Cruzado wines is the vineyard that is part of the traditional landscape. It is formed by small ‘majuelos’ of old vineyards cultivated in the highest areas of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, where great wines linked to the terroir can be made. This heritage comes from the old practice of sustainable and reasoned viticulture. Therefore, Gómez Cruzado wines are born in the vineyard, with a mixture of grapes from almost 100 different controlled plots, distributed between three perfectly defined areas: Vineyards of Alto Najerilla, Bajo Najerilla and Sierra Cantabria. Together, like puzzle pieces, they make up the personality of their wines. Three microclimates and three types of soil that show the richness of nuances of D.O.Ca. Rioja.
Sierra Cantabria is the mythical area, along the foot of the Sierra Cantabria (Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta). Here, we can find vines in vase-shape cultivated on white, poor soils, with a clayey-calcareous composition. Most of them exposed to the sun on the highest part of the mountain range, up to 750 metres. Quite close to the natural border that separates the Mediterranean climate from the Atlantic one in the Iberian Peninsula, these are the only vineyards of Rioja where we can see the Atlantic influence on the climate. These vines provide wines with characteristic features, freshness and elegance. The vineyards of Bajo Najerilla are located in the triangle formed by the towns of Uruñuela, Cenicero and Torremontalbo (Rioja Alta), where the Najerilla joins the Ebro River. The landscape is comprised of old Tempranillo vineyards, cultivated on alluvial soils with boulders, at an average height of 500 metres. This area is somewhat warmer, with a noticeable Mediterranean influence.
The wines that are made have a great maturity and an excellent ageing capacity. As for the vineyards of Alto Najerilla, they are Grenache vines cultivated in Sierra de la Demanda. The vines are planted in vase-shape and are of an average of 80 years old. They were planted on clayey-ferrous soils, on slopes facing north at around 750 metres of altitude, where the dominant climate is extreme continental. The grapes obtained from these vineyards have a great fruity character and a marked acidity.
Wines from Gómez Cruzado
Below is the list of wines made by the winery Gómez Cruzado:
Gómez Cruzado Blanco is made with Viura (85%) and White Tempranillo (15%). All the grapes come from the same farm in a high area of Haro, with a low yield per vine, and with minimum tilling of the land to prevent the destruction of its structure. A light pressing, without necessarily working in an inert atmosphere, with quite a lot of work in open deposits, and with 50% of the stems. They search for a more Burgundian style, trying to show the qualities of the farm more than the varietal expression. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel at a constant temperature of 16ºC. Then, half of the wine spends 5 months in French oak barrels (without toasting, steamed) with its lees, and the other half is also aged with its fine lees in concrete deposits. On the nose, it is intense and delicate, with white flowers, fresh fruit, mostly white fruit, and a certain herbaceous character, with notes of chalk and wet limestone. The entry in the mouth is ample, with a noticeable ageing on its lees. But far from been heavy, we soon sense a citrus acidity that makes it easy to drink and appetising.
Gómez Cruzado “Vendimia Seleccionada” is made with 50% Tempranillo and 50% Grenache from vines that are over 30 years old. They are cultivated on two main hillsides of the Ebro valley. The Tempranillo variety comes from Sierra de Cantabria, and the Grenache comes from the foot of Sierra de la Demanda, in Alto Najerilla. The malolactic fermentation takes place in new French oak barrels where the grapes remain for 5 months. On the nose, the notes of fresh grapes stand out, with red fruit, and sour strawberry from the Grenache. It is very fresh and fruity, with light toasted notes and pleasant lactic notes. Very sweet. In the mouth, it is quite light and with body, but very easy to drink. It has a polished tanning, with a good acidity that makes it refreshing. Very round and sweet. A very fruity aftertaste.
Gómez Cruzado Crianza is made with Tempranillo (80%), from the foot of Sierra Cantabria and vineyards next to the lower course of the Najerilla river (Uruñuela and Torremontalbo), and 20% of Grenache from the area of upper Najerilla (Badarán). This wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, mainly American. On the nose, it is fruity above all, with cherries, lactic notes, spices, vanillas. It is fine and complex. In the mouth, it is light, easy to drink but with a good persistence and fruitiness.
Gómez Cruzado Reserva is a varietal of Tempranillo from vines cultivated in vase-shape which are over 30 years old. They are located on the foot of Sierra Cantabria, next to the lower course of the Najerilla river. This wine is aged for 18 months in Bordeaux barrels: 50% American oak, and 50% new and second-use French oak. On the nose, the tertiary aromas of the ageing stand out: spices, cocoa, orange peel. However, it preserves the fruit aromas of the variety: black fruit and candied fruit. On the mid-palate it is round, easy to drink, with a good acidity, soft tannins and a fruity aftertaste.
Gómez Cruzado Gran Reserva is made with 80% Tempranillo from Sierra de Cantabria and 20% Grenache from Badarán. The vines are planted in vase-shape and are over 60 years old. This wine is aged for 24 months in new French and American oak barrels. It is only made in vintages where the fruit is of an exceptional quality. On the nose, the great complexity of the ‘fino wines’ of Haro stands out, with nuances of the long ageing in the barrel and in the bottle. The tertiary aromas prevail, will orange peel, candied fruit, and cigar box. In the mouth, it is tasty, with tension and acidity that will keep it lively for many years. Nuances of spices and fruit, with an elegant and persistent finish.
Gómez Cruzado “Honorable” is made from the oldest vineyards of the property. The prevailing variety is the Tempranillo, but it also includes Grenache, Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura, planted on ‘majuelos’ located on the slopes of Sierra Cantabria. Most of them are exposed to the sun, facing south or southeast. The malolactic fermentation takes place in new French oak barrels where the grapes remain for 18 months. It is only made in vintages where the fruit is of an exceptional quality. On the nose, it complexity stands out, with nuances of its terroir of origin, black fruit, liquorice, cherries, and several spices. In the mouth, it is tasty, balances, with flavours of grapes and a spectacular acidity. Nuances of spices and fruit, with an elegant and persistent finish.
Pancrudo “Selección Terroir” is a varietal wine of Grenache from old vineyards cultivated in vase-shape in the town of Badarán (upper Najerilla), facing north, and at 650 metres of altitude. The malolactic fermentation takes place as follows: 65% in French oak barrels, and 35% in concrete egg-shaped deposits. On the nose, it has a high intensity, but elegant and fine in the first place. It has a lot of red fruit, strawberry candy, delicate but quite fragrant. It is fragrant but with notes of minerals, saline. In the mouth, it is balanced, with a good but persistent acidity, fruity. It is a true representation of the vineyards of Grenache cultivated in a cold region and on soils that are unusual in Rioja.
Cerro Las Cuevas “Selección Terroir” is born from old Tempranillo vines that are around 80 years old, and it includes a small amount of Graciano (5%), cultivated in small plots of the village of Leza, in Rioja Alavesa, at the foot of Sierra de Cantabria. The malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, with a toasting that has been specially chosen so as to not interfere in the pureness of the original wine’s expression. On the nose, it is deep and elegant, eminently fruity, with black ripe fruit. It also has spicy and minty notes, complex and mineral. In the mouth, it is full of flavours, full-bodied, but with the freshness and the finesse that depict its place of origin.
Montes Obarenes “Selección Terroir” is made with White Tempranillo and 15% Viura, from vineyards cultivated in the surroundings of Haro, under the influence of mountain range Montes Obarenes. The fermentation takes place spontaneously in stainless steel at a low temperature. Then, the wine is aged for 12 months on its fine lees in new French oak barrels (60%) and in egg-shaped concrete deposits (40%). On the nose, it is intense, with complexity and elegance from the beginning. It presents white fruit and stone fruit, as well as mineral notes. In the mouth, it offers a spectacular unfolding with great initial volume, a citrus acidity that gives it structure, and that makes it sapid and fresh. In the aftertaste, sharp fruity notes that appeared on the nose can be sensed once again.