Rueda – Verdejo
100% Verdejo, grown on sandy soil with pebbles, which retains heat and improves the maturity of the grapes. The clay subsoil retains moisture during the summer. The vineyards of Rueda are located at an altitude ranging between 700 and 850 meters, and protected by the fertile Duero river. The area is under the influence of extremely long, cool winters, short springs and very hot summers. The great amplitude between day and night temperatures during the summer is the key to the balance between sugar and acid in the wines. Cold-maceration at 50F for 4 hours before pressing. Floral aromas with a hint of fennel, and tropical fruits in the background. 100,000 bottles produced.
About the Producer
Pic: On the right, Javier Rodriguez.
Rodríguez Sanzo is a wine company devoted to uniting the most important Designations of Origin of the Spanish wine scene. The wine expert, Javier Rodríguez - the architect of the project - produces high quality wines with an excellent value for money ratio, in collaboration with small growers belonging to some of the most important D.O districts like Rueda, Rioja, Toro, Ribera del Duero, Priorat or Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla y León in Spain and Douro in Portugal. In particular, he is very interested in working with vineyards along the Duero river. In 2007 he began a new venture in Portugal in conjunction with Joao Soares of the winery Messias utilizing the native Portuguese varieties. He is currently working on a project with the Spanish government in conjunction with U.C. Davis to map out the indigenous grape varieties of Spain. One important goal for Javier Rodríguez is to respect and reflect the different characteristics of each of the terroirs.
Farming practices: organic, not certified, with some biodynamic practices. Animal manure for fertilization. Sulfur and copper against fungus. Pheromones and organic spraying against insects.