Gomez Cruzado is the oldest-school producer in Rioja you haven’t heard of (it was founded in 1886, after two names you may know: Cune and Lopez de Heredia). To our mind? They are now making some of the most serious and terroir-driven wine in the region, at some of the best values. Somewhere between Lopez’s style (wild & dirty) and Muga’s (modern & clean), GC’s dry-farmed, bush vine Tempranillo yields a Rioja of power and delicacy all at once: almost as if a Spaniard went on vacation to Burgundy and decided to stay. Bright cherries, smooth tannins, and abundant freshness.