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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Vila Viniteca El Perro Verde 2007
Vila Viniteca El Perro Verde 2007
(search item no. 99137)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

From the expression "rarer than a green dog" El Perro Verde is Quim Vila's latest project from the historic high altitude vineyards of Rueda, made by Javier Lorenzo at Bodegas y Viñedos Ángel Lorenzo Cachazo. 100% Verdejo sourced from three parcels, consisting of old bush vines near La Seca. Average age of the vines range from 15 to 35 years. Fermented and aged in stainless-steel tanks.
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About Vila Viniteca:

In 1998, Finca Allende and Vila Viniteca formed a partnership to embark on a new project in La Rioja called 'Paisajes y Viñedos'(Landscapes & Vineyards). With Miguel Angel de Gregorio's wide knowledge of La Rioja (Finca Allende) and his winemaking experience, the pair embarked on a negociant-like business selecting each year different vineyards belonging to different owners. The sites are selected based on their geographical qualities so that very elegant and unique wines can be made. The grapes are chosen and purchased –normally at above market price- and vinified thereafter giving each type of 'Paisajes' a very different process of vinification. The aging and bottling process then takes place at Finca Allende. Originally, the Rioja Appellation of Origin Bureau forbid printing the name of the town, vineyard or origin name on the label. As a result each wine or vineyard is assigned a number to identify each type of 'Paisajes'. In 2003, the laws loosened a bit and now vineyard names are allowed to be included on some of the Paisajes wines. Some 'Paisajes' are placed on the market every year, others may skip one or two vintages if the required quality of grapes to produce an excellent wine is not reached.