Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2011
Other White Wine from Rueda, Spain
Naia displays aromas of lime, must and kiwi, together with the classic plant-like qualities of Verdejo. It's beautifully fresh, with a long and dry finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Light gold. Tightly wound citrus and mineral aromas are complemented by chalky minerals and white flowers. Sharply defined lime and orange zest flavors gain heft with air, taking a turn to pear and nectarine while retaining focus. Finishes refreshingly brisk and long, with resonating spice and mineral notes."
Wine Spectator - "Gentle but expressive, this white offers peach, pear, clementine and light herbal flavors that mingle nicely in a light but racy texture. Shows bright, clean acidity and a fresh, lingering finish."
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 FactsRueda’s main grape variety, Verdejo, gets it distinct complexity from stressful growing conditions and mineral-rich soil. Think of Verdejo as a fuller-bodied and more aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. A lush and smooth character with perfectly balanced acidity means Rueda wines pair well with seafood, fresh salads and spicy food, but are also great on their own.
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.
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