I need a break!


…I need a Rioja!

 

I want to get away from this damn city, I want to take the road and get lost in the thousands wineries in Rioja that are waiting for me. I never get tired of discovering super-original and delicious wines from that area. Even when I least expect it, there is this one that knocks on me and amazes me.

This was the case of the winery today I want to introduce you. I am looking forward to visiting their land and know firsthand the authentic expertise and love for their product and their land, their wines are really worth trying and enjoying. The label may be surprising at first sight.

San Asension, La Rioja. Spain © Wikipedia.
San Asension, La Rioja. Spain © Wikipedia.

Astonishing White wines

Let start with their White wines elaborate with Viura grape. Do you know any white wine in Rioja? Those made from their traditional grape, viura, bland and simple. They are nice when you try them but not much of surprise there. However they might be good to those initiating in the wine tasting of white wines.

Our friends from Gonzalez Puras winery elaborate extraordinary White wines. They are so complex and powerful in mouth that as soon as I tried them I called the winery back and asked them which their secret was. The red ones could not be any different. Something different at what we are used to in wonderful land of Rioja

Black Label white wine with riesling souce chicken.
Black Label white wine with riesling souce chicken.

They won’t disappoint you

They keep the secret but just now the only I can do from here is heartily recommend you if you ever have the chance to taste these wines, please do!. The label might be look simple but if you get a little closer you will discover some beautiful details. These guys surprise everyone from the label until the last drink. Promised.

Gonzalez-Puras Etiqueta Negra (Black Label) (fermented in oak barrel)

Grape variety: Viura 100%

Vol. alcohol %: 13

Price: 5,80€

Colour: pale gold yellow with greenish hues

Aromas: toasted bread, citrus, lemon, White flowers, loquat and anise notes. Roses, carnation with a sweet touch in the background (strawberry). Smells like a perfume. Complex in the nose.

En the palate…: creamy, spicy, embracing taste, long, easy to drink. Fine, elegante. Complex. Lingering. Well balanced and integrated. Tremendous.

Perfct pairing with: risotto, paella, seafood.

Gonzalez Puras white wine. Rioja. Spain.
Gonzalez Puras white wine. Rioja. Spain.

Gonzalez-Puras Blanco

Grape variety: viura 100%

Vol. alcohol %: 13

Price: 5,35€

Colour: pale yellow straw

Aromas: banana, pastry, marzipan, anise, white flowers. Delicious nose but not very intense.  Stone fruits, field, fennel notes. Sweet and greedy.

In the palate…:  is creamy, fresh, well balanced, nice and refreshinb. Easy to drink. Short but sweet aftertaste. Tastes like a anise candy. Very refreshing. Very well elaborated..

Best pairing with… chickenhamburger, delicious with our traditional “ensaladilla rusa”.

Migas with young red wine from Rioja.
Migas with young red wine from Rioja.

Gonzalez-Puras Joven (maceración carbónica)

Grape variety: Tempranillo 100%

Vol. alcohol %: 13

Price: 5,50€

Colour: cherry red, with pink trims.

Aromas: strawberry jam, balsamic touches in the background, bakery, berries, roses. Very fruity. Makes you want to eat it!

In the palate…: smooth, fresh, balanced, sweet, light, highly polished tannins, long and easy drinking. Slightly bitter with a hint of vanilla. Different wine to what we are used to in Rioja.

Best pairing with… Riesling sauce chicken, migas, chorizo. Yummy!

Pork with plums.
Pork with plums.

Gonzalez-Puras Crianza

Grape variety: Tempranillo 100%

Vol. alcohol %: 13,5

Price: 7,20€

Colour: cherry red with pink edging that tries to turn salmon.

Aromas: sweet and red fruits notes, jam, cotton candy, butter and balsamic.terroir. spicy and mint notes. Elegant.

In the mouth…: smooth, fresh, well balanced, long and tasty. With a very polished tanning and very refined wood with a touch of vanilla. Fruity. Light.

Fine, elegant, fruity and easy to drink.

Best pairing with… grilled steak.

Gonzalez Puras with hamburger.
Gonzalez Puras with hamburger.

Gonzalez-Puras Reserva (24 months in oak barrel)

Grape variety: Tempranillo 100%

Vol. alcohol %: 13

Price: 11,25€

Colour: cherry red with a violet rim which means it still has long life

Aromas: red fruits and wood, toasted notes, toffee, vanilla, elegant nose with balsamic, pastry and always fruity aroma. Smells like pacharán –Sloe Gin- (anise) .

In the palate…: smooth, embracing notes, velvety, with a very polished tanning. Tasty and greedy with a fine and elegant end. Easy to drink.Perfect to tast slow, with good compay or in our own.

Best pairing with… red meat, spicy dishes.

Rosé wine Gonzalez Puras. Rioja.
Rosé wine Gonzalez Puras. Rioja.

Gonzalez-Puras Rosado.

Grape variety: Viura 70%, Tempranillo 30%

Vol. alcohol %: 13

Price: 5,35€

Colour: red salmon colour.

Aromas: apple pie, cinnamon, hint of citrus, balsamic, garden roses, yellow apple. Strawberry candy. Greedy nose. Peppermint, berries, banana. Evolves as oxygenates.

In the palate…: smooth, embracing taste, creamy, slightly spicy, lingering, fresh, well balanced, light and easy to drink. Sweet and citrus aftertaste.

Best pairing… chicken, risottos, salads…

Have you ever tried these wines? Please share your experience with us! Thank you.

Rosé wine from Gonazalez Puras in Rioja.
Rosé wine from Gonazalez Puras in Rioja.

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