Jose Pariente Verdejo 2009
Other White Wine from Rueda, Spain
Brilliant straw-color with greenish reflections. Intense and complex aromas. Fruity, tropical fruit, passion fruit and citrus aromas. Especially elegant and fresh. On the palate, it is equally fruity and fresh, structured and lingering with an elegant touch of bitterness at the end, charactertic of the Verdejo variety.
Wine Enthusiast - "Fresh, perky, sweaty and citric on the nose, which all creates a textbook bouquet. The palate is slightly spritzy, with flavors of passionfruit, pineapple and sweet white grapefruit. Fresh yet a little fleshy, with a long, zesty finish. Drink as soon as possible to capture the essence of a fine vintage. "
International Wine Cellar - "Green-tinged yellow. Slow-to-open aromas evoke lime zest, herbs and salty minerals. Very tight and mineral-dominated in the mouth, offering chewy citrus flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes with firm stony grip and a strong citrus quality. Give this a little air."
Jose Pariente Winery
Victoria Pariente, the winemaker and daughter of Jose, has moved production of the Jose Pariente wines to this new winery in the heart of Rueda. Their new production facility will allow her better control of grape quality coming into the winery as well as the possibility of increased production. The grapes are still sourced from the original vines, her father planted, now a bit older than 40 years, planted near the village of Simancas. View all Jose Pariente 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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.