Rueda, Spain, Verdejo, White wines

Naia 2008


Winemaker: Eulogio Calleja
Grape: 100% Verdejo
Region: Rueda, Spain

See other wines from this producer:
Las Brisas

One of the most respected winemakers in the region of Rueda partnered with Javier Alen, well respected Galician producer of white wine (Vina Mein) and Victor Rodriguez, the former director of the highly acclaimed magazine Vino y Gastronomia, for this project.

Bodegas Naia owns 40 hectares in the village of La Seca which is considered by experts the “Grand Cru” of the denomination. Average age of these vines is 30 years with 5 hectares of 95 year old vines .

Since the Middle Ages Verdejo has been the traditional varietal here on the left bank of the Duero River. Naia is crafted from the oldest ungrafted vines of Verdejo (90+ years) on earth. Wine aged for 8 months in French oak after its stainless steal fermentation.

Tasting notes:
Very unique wine. Great example of Verdejo from Rueda. Fresh, lively, and aromatic with superb precision and plenty of acidity and crispiness. Lemony and lime flavors with honeydew-like fruit. Just delicious!

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 20.00

Ideal food pairing:
Shrimp scampi, Chicken Dopiaza, Tilapia, Super Artichoke hot dip, Magic chicken, Crisp pork medallions with creamy Caper sauce

Rueda, Spain, White blends, White wines

Las Brisas 2008


Winemaker: Eulogio Calleja
Grape: Verdejo, Viura and Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Rueda, Spain

See other wines from this producer:
Naia

One of the most respected winemakers in the region of Rueda partnered with Javier Alen, well respected Galician producer of white wine (Vina Mein) and Victor Rodriguez, the former director of the highlty acclaimed magazine Vino y Gastronomia, for this project.

Bodegas Naia owns 40 hectares in the village of La Seca which is considered by experts the “Grand Cru” of the denomination. Average age of these vines is 30 years with 5 hectares of 95 year old vines .

The cooperation of these strong wine personalities created this lovely, fresh wine that is a finest expression of the varietal Verdejo and the terroir of village of La Seca.

Tasting notes:
Strong ripe citrus and grassy aroma. In your mouth it will spread with colorful flavors of ripe fruit – green grapes, apples, pears, white peach, grapefruit and lemony flavors. Each variety brought something unique to the blend. Brilliantly balanced acidity, with a long finish.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 12.00

Ideal food pairing:
Seafood salad, Shrimp scampi, Chicken Dopiaza, Tilapia, Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta, and many, many more

Rueda, Spain, Verdejo, White wines

Oro de Castilla 2008


Winemaker: Pablo del Villar
Grape: 100% Verdejo
Region: Rueda, Spain

Bodegas Hermanos Villar, founded in 1995 is owned by Villar Brothers. They own 247 acres of vineyards with a very unique soil in the town of Rueda.

Their vineyards are planted with popular Spanish grape varieties such as Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc and Viura (Whites) and Tempranillo (red). So far I had the opportunity to taste their 3 white wines (no reds produced from these vineyards yet) and I loved them all.

Their Ipsum is blend of 60% Verdejo and 40% Viura, Oro de Castilla is made from 30 years old vines and has a mature sister called Oro de Castilla Barrica which is a selection of the best grapes. Rich Barrica is also the only white wine that winery ages in oak.

Villar brothers will even harvest their grapes during cold nights to maximize freshness and avoid oxidation. The unique gravel soil profile makes wines from these vineyards distinct from any other vineyards in the region.

Tasting notes:
Crispy, mid-body Verdejo has a beautiful aroma of citrus fruit. On the palate it offers refreshingly bitter citrus and pear skin flavors. The wine shows great minerality that comes from its unique soils.

To me, Oro de Castilla is the best example of Spanish Verdejo I have tasted so far. Although expressing a lot of fruit, it is also beautifully balanced with its natural acidity. This wine is wonderful on its own but I was sipping it with a platter of Spanish fine jamon (ham) and cheeses. Divine! Pay attention to the vintage though. Verdejo needs to be drank fresh (max. 2 years).

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 12.00

Ideal food pairing:
Rich shellfish dishes, shrimp scampi, Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta, sushi. chicken Caesar salad, seafood salads, grilled chicken with veggies, asparagus risotto, Spanish ham and cheeses and many more