lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

Bodegas José Pariente (D.O. Rueda)


This winery has a long family tradition in wine-making. The history goes back to José Pariente, whose passion for more than forty years was to grow Verdejo grapes and make his hand-crafted wines. Today his daughter, Victoria, inherited his same passion, and after specialising in oenology and viticulture, decided to continue the family tradition by making her own wine. She wanted to honour her father's name, that’s why she called the wine and winery "José Pariente". Today the third generation continues to work with the same passion as their predecessors.

The winery came into function in 2007, at the time when Bodegas Dos Victorias split up to become two different bodegas, one of which was José Pariente. The winery is located at the top of a Castilian moor in the heart of the Rueda D.O., and next to the vineyards giving a wide-reaching view over the vineyards and countryside. This location makes it easier to have access to the grapes and after harvesting, they are brought over quickly and therefore avoid any possible oxidation.

The winery is also equipped with the most modern installations, which allows them to produce, modern, clean, elegant, fruit driven wines. The main line of production is centred on wines made from the Verdejo grape variety. They have the conviction that the Verdejo grape, which is the local variety from the Rueda D.O., is able to give both young wines, as well as more aged wines fermented in oak barrels. The Verdejo grapes from the oldest vines are the raw material to make Jose Pariente wines fermented in barrels, an elaborate a wine obtained from an ageing process in which the wine rests on its own sediment in barrels made from the finest French oak. They also have a José Pariente made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the first vines of this variety planted in the Rueda D.O. region.

Their vineyards are located on the River Duero high plain, which is the highest area of Spain's northern plateau. The land slopes and undulates gradually, and the Atlantic wind sweeps over the landscape and the extreme continental climate determines the high quality of the Verdejo Variety. This alluvial soil is particularly stony. For this reason, the soil is rich in calcium and magnesium but has little organic matter. It also has outcrops of limestone at the highest elevation. This type of soil, with its abundance of pebbles, protects the roots from abrupt changes in temperature, while reflecting the heat of summer and favouring the passage of oxygen and the drainage of water. For all these reasons, the best vineyards in the region are located in this rocky terrain.

Their climate is continental, windy, and has an Atlantic influence. This makes the environment extremely harsh, with long, cold winters in which temperatures can drop below zero degrees, often producing deep freezes and heavy fog. On the contrary, springs are short and summers are hot, although they are also short-lived and very sunny. The temperatures are not usually as high as those in the southern plateau. Rain is also a key factor that affects the quality of their wines; precipitation is normally frequent both in spring and autumn. However, there are some years in which the rain is more sporadic and constant, thus producing vintages of exceptional quality. It is precisely this Atlantic climate, with strong variations between day-time and night-time temperatures, that enables the balance of the sugar content, which the grapes synthesise during the day, and the acidity that is maintained during the cool nights. This is what gives the grapes grown in this region their most distinctive feature.

The native and predominating variety in the region is the Verdejo grape, although, to a lesser extent, the Viura variety also exists, and more recently, a select quantity of the Sauvignon Blanc variety is also available. The Verdejo variety is the most common in this winery; both José Pariente Joven (young wines), as well as José Pariente Fermentado (barrel-aged), are both made with 100% Verdejo grapes. The first reference to this variety dates back to the 12th century. Today Verdejo grapes have become the native grave variety of the region, loosing their features when grown elsewhere. For this reason it is a unique variety.

- The Verdejo variety produces small bunches with tiny seeds and a thick skin, which makes it resistant to the harsh climate and the dry summers. The skin also gives the wines a great structure and combines the floral and herbal aromas excellently.

- Sauvignon Blanc variety, of French origin, arrived in Rueda in the 1970s and although it barely represents only 7% of the Rueda D.O. production, it has adapted remarkably well to this soil, producing some of its most aromatic and mineral wines. This variety also comes from small; compact bunches whose grapes are round and tiny, with a very consistent and highly aromatic pulp.


The grapes, from verdejo variety 100%, come from the 28-year-old vineyard of the Pariente family. Generally speaking, the area is characterized for being formed by platforms of boulders, poor in organic matter and with some limestone layers in the highest levels. Continental climate, with heavy Atlantic influence, forces the vines to look for water resources in the deepest subsoil.

- Wine making process: Firstly, maceration is done at a low temperature for 8 - 12 hours. After pneumatic pressing, alcoholic fermentation takes place at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks; then wine remains on its lees until clarification; later on, a cold treatment and filtration is done, then being bottled from mid February 2010.

- Technical data: Variety: Verdejo 100%; Alcohol content: 13º; Volatile acidity: 0.25; Total acidity: 6 g/l; Ideal service temperature: 6-8º C

- Tasting notes: Appearance: Brilliant straw-yellow colour with greenish reflections; Aroma: Intense and complex. Fruity; notes of tropical fruits, passion fruit and citrus aromas. Aromas of fennel, scrubland in a background of anise, balsamic; especially elegant and fresh; Taste: On the palate it is equally fruity and fresh, structured and lingering. Glutinous, sweet and with an elegant touch of bitterness at the end, characteristic of the Verdejo variety.

- Consumption and pairing: It is a wine best-paired with appetisers or with fish, seafood, pasta, rice and white meat dishes. It is also ideal companion for any type of smoked base, light cheeses and Serrano ham.


The wine is made with Verdejo grapes 100% which come from the oldest vineyards located in the most characteristic area in Rueda, formed by layers of quartzite boulders. The vines are traditional bush vines with an approximate yield of 4.000 kg/hectare.

- Making process: Fermentation was made in new and one year old barrels, all of them of French oak and from different coopers. Later on, it was developed a daily batonage work along approximately seven months, ensuring that the wine is in continuous contact with its lees. After it, the wine was racked to stainless steel tanks where it stayed for another two months, finally being clarified and stabilized.

- Technical data: Variety: Verdejo 100%; Alcohol content: 13º; Volatile acidity: 0,30; Total acidity: 6.0 g/l; Ideal service temperature: 6-8º C; Ideal time of consumption: until 5 years

- Tasting notes: Appearance: Brilliant. Straw-yellow colour, brilliant with sparkles of aged gold; Aroma: Intense, complex with well-combined aromas of ripe fruit and wood. Some notes of exotic fruits and minerals; Taste: Flavourful and balanced, with elegant tropical notes and tertiary aromas coming from the barrel. Elegant finish with a touch of bitterness, characteristic of the Verdejo variety.

- Consumption and pairing: Appetisers, fish with sauces, intensely flavoured seafood (spider crab, goose barnacles, etc.) and light meats. It especially pairs with Serrano ham and foie.


The wine is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes 100%, coming from some of the first bush-vine vineyards of this variety planted in Rueda more than 25 years a
go. The soil is characterized for being formed by platforms of boulders, very poor in organic matter and with some limestone layers in the highest levels.

- Making process: After destemming, the grape remained in cold maceration for approximately 10 hours, applying then pneumatic pressing. Alcoholic fermentation took also place at a low temperature in order to preserve its primary aromas. Later on, it remained on its own lees until clarification process.

- Technical data: Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 100%; Alcohol content: 13º; Volatile acidity: 0,25; Total acidity: 6 g/l; Ideal service temperature: 6-8º C

- Tasting notes: Appearance: Straw-yellow colour with green reflections; Aroma: Outstanding aromatic potential of fruit and vegetable aromas such as cut green grass. Intense and complex, with a light mineral touch; Taste: Freshness and elegance typical of the Sauvignon Blanc variety, Structured, Fruity and lingering.

- Consumption and pairing: Ideal companion for shellfish (mussels, cockles, clams, oysters, etc.) and cooked shellfish (prawns, king prawns, shrimps, crabs, etc.). All type of fish, Smooth cheese and Serrano ham.

Bodegas José Pariente
Ctra. de Rueda, Km. 2,5
47491 La Seca
Telefono: +34 983 816 600

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