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Fernandez Gomez 2016 Garnacha Blanca

About the Producer
  • Carlos Fernandez and his brothers produce Tempranillo and Garnacha that is zesty and lively, with tremendous energy and lifted aromatics.
  • Bordered by the River Ebro on the South and the towering Cantabria mountains on the North, the Rioja Alavesa region is home to the vineyards owned by family Fernandez Gomez, the majority of which are 80+ years old.
  • Located in the Jewish quarter of Labastida, the winery and family home are composed of four houses. In the earth beneath them exists a framework of four different caves dating back to the 1400s, an excellent space for the cellaring of the wines.
    About the Wine

    Just as they did when looking for suitable vineyard locations for their Garnacha Roja, Carlos and his brothers sought out higher elevation properties to plant Garnacha Blanca in order to produce a wine with freshness and laser like focus (they feel that most of the Garnacha Blanca made in Spain is overly ripe). The grapes for this Garnacha Blanca come from three vineyards situated at 1500 feet in elevation. Two located just outside Labastida and the third vineyard located in the small town of Villava.

  • Vintage: 2014 | Wine Type: White Wine
    Varietal: Garnacha
    Origin: Spain | Appellation: D.O. Rioja
    Elaboration: Hand picked and harvested the 22nd and 23rd of October, 2011, full cluster press. 50% fermented in concrete eggs and 50% fermented in French oak barrel. Aged for one year in used French oak barrels. 10% malolactic fermentation.
    Winemaker: Carlos Fernandez  

    Tasting Notes

    "This Garnacha Blanca shows rustic, cidery aromas, it displays a balanced, layered, round palate with vital acidity.  Salty, savory peach and apple flavors are true to white Garnacha, while a long, salty finish is full of energy."  ~Wine Enthusiast 

    Technical Data

    Production: 1,000 cases | Alcohol: 14.0% | TA: 5.17 g/l |Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l | pH: 3.48

    Press & Points

    89 Points, Wine Enthusiast

    Fernandez Gomez 2016 Garnacha Blanca