Gomez Cruzado Honorable 2017


VINEYARDS Old vines located in different villages on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, from Lanciego to Labastida, which offers a summary of the different environments found along the Sonsierra. Mostly Tempranillo, but also some Garnacha and Graciano that added freshness.
HARVEST: Grapes were handpicked in 15 kg crates and then hand sorted at the winery.
WINEMAKING: The grapes from the distinct plots from the different towns are destemmed but not crushed before fermentation in separate tanks. Pumping over and maceration allow for the gentle extraction of tannin. Aging in French oak barrels and 20% American for approximately 18 months.
SOIL: All the vineyards grow in whitish, calcareous clay soil which is very basic and poor with slabs of calcareous rock deep underground.
CLIMATIC YEAR: The winter was extremely dry and mild, with lower rainfall than usual. Some plots located in la Sonsierra were also affected by frost at the end of May. Both factors, along with a very hot and dry spring, led to lower production. The month of June was marked by unusually warm temperatures that caused signs of water stress in the vines, but was completely resolved by precipitation during July and August. The rainfall, with suficient vegetation, allowed the grapes to ripen with excellent freshness, which will be the hallmark of this vintage.