1964 Gomez Cruzado Honorable Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1116578

Gomez Cruzado is these days best known as the bodega, which is Lopez de Heredia's across the street neighbor. There is rarely any sign of activity in this building, and I hear that the current ownership still resides most of the year in Mexico. Having spoken to the few people who actually know their wines, I hear that the winery has had its ups and downs but that it currently makes pretty good stuff. In the 1960s, their wines were supposed to be quite good, though, and 1964 is a landmark Rioja vintage, arguably the most consistently great since the terrific vintages of the 1940's.This particular bottling came to us through our friendly Sonoma neighbors at the Rare Wine Company, who recently sourced several large collections of Rioja from cellars in the cool, damp, northerly climes of the Pais Vasco (Basque Country).Here is a great opportunity to taste one of the truly legendary vintages in the world of fine wine as it nears its 50th birthday. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2012 | Send Email
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The nose on this wine is just classic, full of earth, leather, a bit mushroomy but just what you'd expect from a wine this age. What I didn't expect to get was a mouthful of warm fruit, soft, fleshy and full on the palate. A gentle lingering on the palate and finish just slightly short. The cork was moveable as well but came out well, just a little bit of extra care.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.