|Grape||Viura, Tempranillo Blanco, White Blend|
|Style||Dry, White, Full Bodied, Citrus and Stone Fruit, Balanced, Oaked, Stylish|
Gomez Cruzado's Blanco '2 Ano' is made in a style reminiscent of the wines of Burgundy, a style which shows the terroir, rather than purely the flavours of the grapes. This results in a wine with character and weight backed up strongly by fresh acidity and appealing aromatics.
The wine has poise and complexity with notes of honeysuckle, stone fruit and toasty oak. The palate is delightfully textured, with an exotic note, there is clear yet perfectly integrated oak sitting comfortably alongside ripe fruit. The finish is complex as well as long, toasty and citrussy.
The Viura and Tempranillo Blanco grapes are hand-harvested from low yielding vines from a single, gently sloping plot, in a high-altitude area of Haro. The soil is stony alluvial - with pebbles on the surface and limestone beneath. The grapes are then hand-sorted at the winery prior to being lightly pressed and left for spontaneous fermentation to occur. The fermentation is in stainless steel at 16ºC, after which half the wine spends five months in French oak with its lees, and the other half is aged on its lees in concrete. These two parts are then blended and bottled before being released to the market.
Try Gómez Cruzado Rioja Blanco 2 Año with roast chicken or pasta dishes with creamy sauces. It is a more complex style of White Rioja and as such it can be paired with more complex and characterful foods.
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