Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
Other White Wine from Rueda, Spain
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 Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Bodegas Naia Winery
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 Rueda.
Bodegas Naia’s winery, Viña Sila, is situated along the southern bank of the Duero River in Rueda. The winery covers 40 hectares (about 96 acres) in the village of La Seca, which is referred to as Rueda’s "Grand Cru" village by local growers. The climate here is described as “extreme continental”, very dry with a low average annual rainfall. There are long, cold winters with frequent frost and short, hot summers.
Bodegas Naia makes tank-fermented, bright, zesty, crisp whites like Verdejo that possess ripe stone fruit notes, honeysuckle aromas and balanced acidity. View all Bodegas Naia Wines
Notable FactsThe white wines of Rueda can be single varietal Verdejo, or they can be blended with other white grapes, such as Viura (the primary white grape of Rioja) or Sauvignon Blanc. Either way, the wines are light and fruity, refreshing and dry. The area also makes red wine and there are still fortified wines to be found.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 2 with reviews44/25/2012
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.dboe16 - Washington, DC311/30/201146/24/2011Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV42/23/2011Tried 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!
- Light & Crisp