Jose Pariente Verdejo
Rueda DO , Rueda, Spain
This white wine is bold, fresh and aromatic with ripe citrus acidity and a lovely refreshing finish. Meticulous winemaking and viticulture make this one of Spain's top verdes wines. Decanter Magazine describes this wine as "Very pure, tense and penetrating; a wine of remarkable clarity softened by a round freshness of ripe green fruits. Very long, mineral finish. Drink now."
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Victoria Pariente came from a wine family and grew up skipping through her father’s vineyards. She went on to get a degree in chemistry and oenology at the University of Madrid. In 1998, bored with an office-bound job with the Spanish Department of Agriculture, she joined forces with Victoria Benavides and made wine under the “Dos Victorias” label (Two Victorias).
Soon after this their Verdejo (named after Victoria Pariente’s father), won the prestigious Best White Wine in Spain award. It was the house wine in El Bulli, regarded as the best restaurant in the world before Ferran Adria, the chef/proprietor hung up his toque. The pair no longer make wine together and Victoria now works with her daughter Martina. Although joined in the winery by her daughter, and preceded by her father, José, Victoria is definitely the driving force behind this outstanding wine.
She is always trying out new ways to preserve the essential character of the grape with cooler fermentation and very gentle filtration. Her scientific and analytical background is evident in this constant quest for small changes which allow the wine to reach the customer in a way which reflects precisely the characteristics of her excellent Verdejo grapes..
"The wine from Spanish winemaker Victoria Pariente becomes more experimental and exciting with each passing vintage. Pariente's white wine focused estate, Bodegas Jose Pariente, is exploring the limits of its brilliant ingredients with meticulous precision. In this case, the ingredient is the indigenous Rueda Verdejo grape. Low temperature ferments, ancient vines, long lees contact and steel tank maturation all combine to produce and uncluttered white of breathtaking complexity. The attack is crisp chilled pear, before a peach-like softness with lime and roasted almond gives way to lime and marmalade sweetness and a clean, lengthy finish. A delight."
"A house wine in El Bulli for four years, this is one of the finest examples of Rueda and a wine to win over Sauvignon drinkers; fresh tangy lemon and grapefruit, balanced out by clean green fruits, and a dry finish. Drink with all kinds of things fishy, or by itself."
"Victoria Pariente has been leading the way in the Rueda wine region for over a decade, and her brilliance as a winemaker is evident in this exceptional Verdejo. The problem with many Verdejo wines is that the varietal tendency towards a simplistic, lean citric taste puts them in a playing field with Pinot Grigio. However in the hands of an accomplished winemaker, the profile is more aligned with a richer Sancerre or the lime tinged succulence of a white Pessac-Leognan."
"This Verdejo grape combines the richness of a ripe Chardonnay with the tingling freshness of a Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of olive oil and freshly cut grass. This is a full bodied wine with tongue – coating, rich white – fleshed fruits that bed into the taste buds. Delicate yet assertive with concentrated mineral and lime fruit flavours. A long, crisp and nettley finish. Serve with roast pork and baked apples."
Bodegas Jose Pariente
Our vineyard is in the Rueda appellation, between the towns of Rueda and La Seca, in the province of Valladolid. The setting is a sweeping plateau at an altitude of 750 metres, stern and luminous, with the extreme continental climate of the Castilian meseta. In order to take advantage of a wider variety of soils and give greater complexity to the wines, the José Pariente vines are spread over several estates in the appellation. The best estates are on land poor in organic matter, with a gravelly soil, a layer of pebbles highly beneficial to the roots of the vines and a clay and limestone subsoil.