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Verdejo is a variety of white wine grapes that are grown in the Rueda region of Spain. The variety from North Africa was introduced in Rueda around the 11th Century, and was thought to have been brought to the region by the Mozarabs. Verdejo is used to create strong wines that are similar to Sherry, and can also be mixed with other varieties. During the 1970s, Verdejo was used by the company Marques de Riscal, which created light and fresh styles of the wine. Verdejo is blended with Rueda wines, which contain 50 percent of the grape variety and 50 percent of another type, typically Sauvignon blanc or Macabeo. The grape variety is usually harvested in the evening and they are placed in the cellar during a time when the temperature is cooler, which gives the wines less oxidation. Wines created from the variety are aromatic, creamy, and have nutty tones and honey flavors. Verdejo lived undiscovered for hundreds of years and is now being used again and rediscovered in the last 15 years. The type grows well in high altitude regions and is now Spain’s main white grape type. The Verdejo grape variety is said to be one of Spain’s best white wine grape types.

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Amador Diez Cuvee Verdejo 2017

Amador Diez Cuvee Verdejo is made from 

This cuvee is named after Amador Diez de Íscar, who was president of the winery for 21 years. It is produced in limited quantity with meticulous care from a selection of the 10 best hectares of the winery’s centennial pre-phylloxera vineyard – harvested by hand – and vinified with the aim of favoring its longevity, making it ideal for its consumption today while maintaining great aging potential. The wine is bottled manually with an exclusive presentation that includes a label stamped on wood.

Straw yellow color. Dominant aromas of white fruits, citrus fruits and anise. The barrel ageing brings delicate sweet aromas, such as coconut, vanilla, and liquorice. Fresh, rich and intense on the palate with typical flavors from the Verdejo grape variety.

Pair with appetizers, fish and especially seafood. Also grilled meats and food of intense flavors such as cheeses and ham.

Review:


"One of the most ambitious Rueda whites, this comes from a selection of pre-phylloxera vineyards and is built to age. The oak is better integrated than on the 2015, which is also available in the market right now, supporting a wine with amazing intensity and focus. Nutty and intense, it has flavours of pear, citrus and marzipan, with undertones of fennel and cinnamon, good structure and racy, palate-cleansing acidity."

- Tim Atkin (November 2020), 95 pts


 95 Points
Caballito de Mar Rueda Verdejo 2020

Caballito de Mar Rueda Verdejo is made from 100 percent Verdejo.

Light and delicate wine. Greenish yellow color with steely reflections. It is very fruity and soft, well structured and complex.

Pairs with white meat, salads and tuna.

Caballito de Mar Rueda Verdejo 2021

Caballito de Mar Rueda Verdejo 100% Verdejo.

Caballito de Mar is made from 100% Verdejo grapes. A yellow color with green highlights, fresh and fruity aromas of pear and apple. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors, smooth and soft on the palate, well structured and complex.

Pairs with white meat, salads and tuna.

Green & Social Rueda Organic Verdejo 2020

Green & Social Rueda Organic Verdejo is made from 100 percent Verdejo. 

The launch of green & social is a step forward in pursuit of the sustainability by Cuatro Rayas and the starting point of new environmental initiatives in support of the social economy that the Cooperative launched. Lightweight recycled glass to reduce emissions. Aluminum capsule free of plastics and 100% recyclable. Sugar cane cap with zero carbon footprint.

Green and social Rueda offers a straw yellow color with bright green hues and exhibits fresh, citrus fruit and balsamic aromas that are typical of the Verdejo variety. Its simplicity and purity find a dynamic and seductive path between fresh flavors, finesse, and minerality. It is a fresh and crisp wine.

Review:


"Sustainability is the mantra behind this label: from recycled glass, to aluminum capsules free of plastics, and a sugar cane cap with zero carbon footprint. Lemon blossom petals melt on the tongue with a powdery mouthfeel. Prickly pear notes and stark minerality finish with a tangerine gleam."

- The Tasting Panel (March/April 2022), 91 pts


Ossian Capitel Verdejo 2018

Ossian Capitel Verdejo is made from 100% Verdejo.

Ossian Capital represents a particular expression of very old Verdejo vines, taking its potential far finesse, elegance and longevity. It is made in selected years with a selection of extraordinary grapes.

Color: Old golden yellow color with greenish reflections.
Aromas: Surprisingly nuanced and profound.
Flavors: Fresh, full and very light.

Review:


"Light, brilliant straw-gold. Powerful, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by building floral, iodine and fennel notes. Juicy and concentrated on the palate, offering sharply focused Meyer lemon, pear nectar, chamomile and honeysuckle flavors supported by a spine of smoky minerality. Smoothly blends depth and delicacy and finishes impressively long and minerally, with resonating pear and floral notes. Raised in French oak barrels, half of them new. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2021), 95 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95
Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo 2018

Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo is made from 100% Verdejo

Quintaluna is a young wine that is made exclusively from Verdejo in the province of Segovia. 60% is very old grape: pre-phylloxera (ungrafted). 40% is made of very young grapes on trellises, grown certified organic, with low yields. The key to success for the Verdejo grape is held in the soil. Ideal soil has a high content of sand and pebbles of different sizes. Some have higher proportions of clay and others have significant proportions of clay and limestone. As the pebbles and sand allow for good drainage, the clay holds enough moisture to allow the vines to thrive.

The color is a straw yellow with greenish reflections. On the nose, you will find aromas of white flowers, stone fruit (peach), and citrus (lemon, mandarin). It also displays tropical fruit aromas. The palate is complex. Natural acidity is evident in the freshness and length on the palate. Almond and ripe fruit flavors are found in the mid-palate with fresh grass and citrus on the finish.

It pairs wells with all kinds of appetizers, entrees and salads.

Review:


"Light, bright straw. Fresh pear, orange pith and a suggestion of pungent flowers on the powerfully scented nose, along with a building mineral nuance. Juicy and incisive in the mouth, offering Meyer lemon, pear and quince flavors accented by a spicy ginger flourish. Silky and focused on the finish, which shows powerful floral lift, minerally cut and impressive persistence. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2021), 92 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92
Ossian Vinas Viejas Verdejo 2018

Ossian Verdejo is made from 100 percent Verdejo. 

An old vines Verdejo barrel fermented with a different to what we are used to in the white variety of this expression. It has a remarkable complexity resulting in smoothness and depth of a high-end white. Very suitable for cellaring.

Color: Old golden yellow color with greenish reflections.
Aromas: Complex, toasty aromas, nuts, dried fruit.
Flavors: Large, creamy, spicy, balanced and voluminous.

Manual harvest in 15 kg boxes. Inspection rigorous selection table. Certified organic farming. Full clusters, stemmed and pressed very soft, only the first run only is used. Fermentation with indigenous yeast. After fermentation the wine is aged on the lees in French oak barrels (20% new, 40% one-year-old barrel and 40% two-year-old barrels during 9 months with batonnage (stirring up the lees). Then, the wine is bottled and released only after 12 month of bottle aging.

Review:

"Pale yellow-gold. Fresh peach, orange pith, pear and a suggestion of fennel on the powerfully scented nose, along with a hint of jasmine. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering vibrant Meyer lemon, pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors that are accented by a dusty mineral nuance. Silky and sharply focused on the finish, which shows strong, nervy lift, firm mineral cut and impressive persistence. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2021), 94 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 94
Palacio de Bornos Frizzante Verdejo NV

Pale Yellow color with fresh green tones.
Very aromatic, with citrus, tropical fruit, tangerine, lemongrass and lemon thyme. Fruity notes with anise and minerals, typical of the Verdejo grape. Fresh in the mouth, the wine is slightly fizzy, with an excellent balance between acidity and sweetness.

100% Verdejo from the Rueda region. 

Vine density: 2,222 vines per hectares
Yield: 9,000 kilos per hectares
Machine harvested
Selected yeast
Fermentation lasts between 6 and 8 days.
Total Acidity: 6.8 g/liter

Pairs with appetizers, dessert or light meal.

Palacio de Bornos Verdejo Rueda Blanco 2020

 

Palacio de Bornos Verdejo Rueda is made from 100% Verdejo.

Mechanical and manual harvest. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 15-16º C for 18 to 20 days. Cold stabilization, filtration. Clay and limestone with small round stones.

Straw-like yellow color with fresh green tones.

Hugely aromatic, with tropical fruit, tangerine, lemongrass and lemon thyme. Fruity notes with anise and minerals, typical of the Verdejo grape. Full in the mouth, well structured, dense and persistent with a lingering aftertaste. The wine has great length and a delicious mouth-filling richness, and finished with a precise acid cut. 
As a light aperitif, ideal at any time of the day, with a tapas or small snack, with Pasta al Pesto, Mousse of Tuna fish and lime..

Enjoy with everything from sushi to spicy Cajun shrimp!


Rubus Rueda Private Selection White 2021

Rubus Rueda Private Selection White  is made from 100% Verdejo.

The Rubus Project was created by Fran Kysela as a way to source & sell incredible wines at value prices. All wines in this international project are hand-selected by Fran Kysela. Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.

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