Love this bottle but Verdejo is my left forever alone on an island grape so I am not totally open minded!
Grapes: 100% Verdejo
This wine is produced by Isaac Fernandez in partnership with a winery whose modern day operations began in 1941. The winery is located in the heart of Rueda just south of the Duero river and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. After harvesting the grapes are destemmed and undergo a pre-crush cold maceration for several hours. A gentle press is followed by a slow, cool temperature controlled fermentation (max temperature is 17° C) in stainless steel tanks. This cool fermentation maintains vibrant fruit aromas in the finished wine.
90 Points from Vinous: Green-tinged straw. Fresh pear and honeydew aromas, joined by suggestions of white flowers and herbs as the wine opens up. Pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors show good depth and an enlivening suggestion of candied ginger. Closes smooth, broad and quite long, delivering subtle sweetness and a resonating pear note. 2017 - 2020
The wines from Rueda won wide renown in the 1700’s thanks to clarification using local clay which made the wines especially clear and long lived. Rioja producer Marques de Riscal started a new venture in the area in 1972 engendering a start of new plantings and focus on quality leading to D.O. status being granted in 1980.
Climate: The climate is continental and windy with occasional hail, fog and frosts. The summer is long and warm but not as hot as the majority of the interior. Evenly spaced rain throughout the growing season will often lead to an excellent quality vintage.
Soil: Range from decomposed limestone alluvial soils in the north near the Duero River to brown, sandy soils with clay and sandstone subsoils in the south of the region.