Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
White Wine from Rueda, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Naia is crafted from the oldest ungrafted vines of Verdejo (90+ years) on earth, and aged for 8 months in French oak after its stainless steal fermentation.
"The 2009 Naia is 100% Verdejo with 12% of the wine fermented and aged sur lie in French oak, 88% in stainless steel. Light gold-colored, it gives up an impressive perfume of baking spices, floral notes, and pit fruits. On the palate it has surprising richness (from the lees aging and the exceptional vintage conditions), terrific concentration, and a lengthy finish. It should drink well for another 3 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid gold. Pear, quince and tangerine on the nose, with notes of green almond and honey adding complexity. Smooth in texture and rather rich for the category, offering deep orchard fruit flavors and a hint of smokiness, likely from the partial barrel-fermentation. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with very good punch and an echo of pear. Not a classic verdejo, but a delicious white wine."
International Wine Cellar
Light & Crisp
Nice crisp summery style wine. Had on an evening where 85 (in Austin that's spring), and was both refreshing while solid on the palette. Definitely not buttery or heavy- which is good.
Tried this after a conversation with a friend regarding different kinds of white wines (alternatives to chardonnay and sauvignon blanc) from around the world. I was not familiar with the Verdejo variety previously, but my friend encouraged me to try it. This Naia is a wonderful fresh citrus'y example of the variety (thanks wine.com for carrying this). Enjoyed this as my evening sipper over two days. Would put it in the same category as an Argentine Torrontas and the other Spanish white, Albarino. Whats not to like!
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Learn About Bodegas Naia
Bodegas Naia is located about an hour north of Madrid in the province of Castilla y Lyon and within the Rueda D.O. region. The estate has three owners: Javier Alen, who owns Vina Mein winery in the Ribeiro D.O. region; Victor Rodriguez, formerly director of the highly acclaimed food and wine magazine Vino y Gastronomia, and Eulogio Calleja, a highly regarded winemaker in...
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Learn About Rueda
Once used only for making sherry-like wines from the Palomino grape, Rueda has found it's white savior. The Verdejo grape, grown here for centuries, was found to create a dry, refreshing white wine in the 1970's. By 1980, Rueda had its own DO.
The white wines of Rueda can be single varietal Verdejo, or they can be blended with other white grapes,...
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Learn About Other White Wine
Other White Wine
While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about...
Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain,
Rias Baixas (in Galacia),
this grape is loved by almost
all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is
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