Vinous Media 91
"(60 percent raised in large oak casks, 25 percent of them new, and 40 percent raised in stainless steel tanks, all of it on its lees) Green-tinged yellow. Meyer lemon, melon, jasmine and a vanilla nuance on the highly perfumed nose. Pliant and broad in the mouth, offering juicy pit fruit and floral flavors that tighten up on the back half. The floral quality repeats on a long, penetrating finish that's sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity."-- Josh Raynolds
James Suckling 90
"Full peachy fruit, ripe and juicy. The vanilla note from oak accentuates the impression of sweetness at the supple finish. Drink now."~JS
"Hand-harvested and stored in small baskets. 60 fermentation by indigenous yeast in French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively). 40 fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 8 months sur lie in the fermentation vessel. 60 in puncheons and demi-muids and 40 in stainless steel, with battonage.Brilliant straw color, with a nose characterized by ripe fruit. Maximum expression of the Verdejo variety."~WINERY NOTES
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"Jorge Ordóñez's proprietary project in D.O. Rueda, Bodegas Ordóñez, produces the finest Verdejo in Spain, voted as such by the Guía Peñin for the past two years running. Verdejo is one of Spain's most historic white grapes, as it has been in production since the Roman times, several thousand years ago.
After over fifteen years as the lead producer of quality Verdejo in Spain, Ordóñez chose Puras, Valladolid, as the best appellation within Rueda for growing Verdejo. This isolated corner of the D.O. is home to sandy soils intermixed with river stones that were deposited here tens of thousands of years ago when the Duero river was several hundred miles wide. Due to the sandy soils, this sub-appellation of Rueda, shaped like Italy's boot, resisted the phylloxera. Bodegas Ordóñez takes advantage of this unique terroir to produce wine from its ungrafted vineyards, the oldest of which was planted in 1885.
The winery's philosophy is to produce high quality, serious, age worthy wines from this historic grape. Rueda is Spain's fastest growing D.O., but unfortunately, most of this growth has been in the commercialized, bulk wine sector. Most of these wines are sterile filtered immediately after fermentation, stripping the wine of any character. We pioneer the opposite philosophy, by ageing all of our wines sur lie and barrel fermenting a large percentage in large format, mostly used French oak of the highest quality. Bodegas Ordóñez produces wine in Rueda from three dry farmed, head trained, ungrafted vineyards of Verdejo planted in 1886, 1942, and 1950. Read more about the commercialization of Rueda in the D.O. Rueda write up."