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Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Rueda, Spain
Varietal: Other White Wine
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13%
Item no. 107387
Naia is crafted from the oldest ungrafted vines of Verdejo (90+ years) on earth, and aged for 8 months in French oak after its stainless steal fermentation.
The 2009 Naia is 100% Verdejo with 12% of the wine fermented and aged sur lie in French oak, 88% in stainless steel. Light gold-colored, it gives up an impressive perfume of baking spices, floral notes, and pit fruits. On the palate it has surprising richness (from the lees aging and the exceptional vintage conditions), terrific concentration, and a lengthy finish. It should drink well for another 3 years.
Vivid gold. Pear, quince and tangerine on the nose, with notes of green almond and honey adding complexity. Smooth in texture and rather rich for the category, offering deep orchard fruit flavors and a hint of smokiness, likely from the partial barrel-fermentation. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with very good punch and an echo of pear. Not a classic verdejo, but a delicious white wine.