"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."

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Nisia 'Old Vines' Verdejo 2016
90  James Suckling 
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
Item Number: 25298
Case: $155.40

Nisia 'Old Vines' Verdejo 2015
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88"Pear, green almond and herbal flavors mingle in this fleshy white. Firm acidity keeps this focused, and the fruit shows depth and persistence." Drink now. 5,000 cases made.–TM

Nisia 'Old Vines' Verdejo 2014
Vinous 90 "Light, bright gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by suggestions of white flowers and quinine. Racy and sharply focused on entry and then more fleshy in the middle, offering sappy tangerine and pear flavors and a touch of fennel. Shows a silky

Nisia 'Old Vines' Verdejo 2013
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91  "Light  yellow-­gold.    Musky,  mineral-­laced  orchard  and  citrus   fruit  aromas  are  complicated  by  hints  of  jasmine,  green  tea  and  quinine.    Sappy  and  precise  on  the  palate,   offering  bitter  pear  skin  and  Meyer  lemon  flavors  that  put  on  weight