So I broke my own method of trying the Gran Reserva wine in each Bodega we visited, because the very helpful guy at this Bodega made this wine sound fantastic. It is their flagship wine. It is made from grapes on the oldest vines (over 50 years) and from the best vineyards. It is only made in years of good harvests. The grapes come from a select area and there is one hell of a blend of no less than 6 varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha, Viura, Malvasea. The main grape in Tempranillo 80% to 90%. The others are blended in varying and unknown amounts by the winemaker according to which vines produced good grapes that year.
According to the website this wine undergoes ‘4 days of prefermentative maceration at low temperature, with daily remontages and delestages during its temperature controlled fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in new oak barrique with weekly “batonage”, followed by 18 months in French thin grained oak barriques’
It is a purple colour with medium plus intensity. The scent is dark wood with fruit tones underneath.
A dry full bodied wine with a long finish. This wine had higher tannins that my palate can handle (I am sensitive to tannins) and left my mouth super dry. Because of that I largely got a sour/bitter flavour with spices and just a hint of red berries. This is not unusual, as I get this with a lot of Tempranillo wines.
Unfortunately for you red wine drnkers less sensitive to tannins that I, you will have to try this one for yourselves as I am not the best judge.
|Name:||Gomez Cruzado Honorable|
|Grapes||Tempranillo (main grape), Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha Viura, Malvasea|
|Winery:||Bodega Gomez Cruzado|
|Quality Classification:||Denominación de Origen Calificada|