White wine Young. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Verdejo
White wine Young. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Sauvignon Blanc
White wine Young. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Verdejo
White wine Barrel. 7 months in French oak barrels. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Verdejo
White wine. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Sauvignon Blanc
White wine Aged in cement eggs. Winery: José Pariente. D.O. Rueda. (Castilla y León) Coupage: Verdejo
D.O.: D.O. Rueda
It is true that Rueda is still in fashion with a modern wine that, based on the native variety Verdejo, continues to open new market paths, harvest after harvest. And José Pariente is a good example of this. The beginnings of this family winery date back to the 60s, when José Pariente (1924-1997) started to make artisan white wines with raw material of extraordinary quality: the Verdejo grape from his vineyards in Rueda. He carried out a thorough viticulture and believed in his land, in the quality and in the pleasure of making wine. His wish was to make great white wines, and this spirit stills lives in the current winery created by his daughter, Victoria Pariente, in 1998. The future of this winery is reaffirmed with its third generation, with Martina Prieto Pariente, daughter of Victoria and Ignacio Prieto.
History of the winery
The modern winery is located on the road to Rueda, between the municipalities of La Seca and Rueda. Since 2008, the winery has had a new building, solid and functional. From here you have a spectacular view, with its own vineyards in the foreground. The facilities have the latest technology to take maximum care of the production and to emphasise the differential aspects. Must coolers, macerators and the stabilisation chamber, among other resources, allow them to cool and maintain the temperature of the grapes, the must and the wine during their processing. This is of great importance in white wines. The fermentation can be carried out in stainless steel deposits, French oak barrels, or in egg-shapes concrete tanks; an innovative technique.
The vineyard is within D.O. Rueda, between the municipalities of Rueda and La Seca, in the province of Valladolid. The surrounding area is a vast moorland at 750 metres altitude, bright and sunny, beaten by the harsh continental climate typical of the Castilian plateau. To achieve a greater variety of soils and to five complexity to the wines, both the vineyards owned by José Pariente as well as those that it manages, are spread throughout different farms of the denomination. The best farms are located on lands poor in organic matter, with gravelly soils, a layer of boulders that is very beneficial for the vine roots, and a clay-calcareous subsoil.
In some of the vineyards of José Pariente they carry out sprawl pruning, as well as other kinds, to achieve low yields and a high concentration maintaining their freshness. Sprawl training leads the grape bunches away from the ground. It spreads them out, without contact between them, well good lighting, but in the shade. This system tries to limit the extreme microclimate conditions; thermal, luminous and hygrometric. In this system, the shoots are arranged in several directions, so that as the position of the sun changes throughout the day, the leaves that directly catch the sun alternate, while they give shade other to other leaves and bunches. The leaves are dispersed in a thin, porous system that prevents their overexposure to radiation, which is a frequent cause of premature ageing and falling of the leaves, and limits their physiology on a daily and seasonal basis.
At José Pariente the vintage is also a process that combines experience, efficiency and precision, in a balanced way that will be reflected in the character of its wines, full of expressiveness and harmony. They start by harvesting the Sauvignon Blanc variety, with a shorter growth cycle and an earlier ripening. Days later, they start the harvest of the Verdejo, which is mostly done at night, when the low temperatures preserve the aromatic intensity of the grape. For the oldest vines, planted in vase-shape, they continue to carry out the traditional manual harvesting, which allows a first selection of the grapes in the field, transporting them to the winery in 20-kg boxes.
In addition, as a global strategy for the coming years, Bodega José Pariente is immersed in the full improvement of its viticulture through innovative processes and techniques. On the one hand, it aims to improve the characteristics and qualities of its grapes, and on the other hand, to achieve a viticulture that is more sustainable environmentally, socially and economically. Especially in a scenario of climate change, to which white wines are particularly sensitive. The general objective of the project (SIGEVER), with Mª Victoria Pariente as the Technical Director of the Project, and in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid, with José Ramón Lissarrague as the Scientific Director, is to develop a comprehensive management system for the Verdejo variety in the winegrowing region of Rueda. This would allow for a better use of natural resources (water, soil, radiation, temperature, rainfall), a better and more adequate architecture of the vines, with better exposure and distribution of leaves and bunches, which would increase the productive and qualitative expression of the harvest, thus increasing and enhancing its oenological potential. This general objective must contribute to a better environmental integration in an environment affected by climate change, and reflected in the economic development, in a broad sense.
Wines from José Pariente
Below is the list of wines from José Pariente:
José Pariente Varietal Verdejo is the flagship wine of the house. It is made with grapes from 30-year-old vineyards owned by the family, and from old vines of small winegrowers. The soil of the vineyard, with a platform of pebbles, is poor in organic matter and has some limestone outcrops in the highest levels. The climate of the area, continental with an Atlantic influence, forces the strains to look for water resources in the deepest layers of the subsoil. This wine goes through a cold maceration between 8 and 12 hours. Then it is subjected to pneumatic pressing, with alcoholic fermentation at a low temperature in stainless steel deposits, resting with its lees until it is bottled. It offers a high-intensity, elegant, fresh and complex aroma with notes of stone fruit (peach), white fruit (pear) and citrus (lemon, grapefruit), with notes of fennel, undergrowth, and an aniseed and balsamic background. The notes of fresh fruit appear once again in the mouth. Unctuous, sweet and elegant, with a soft touch of final bitterness, characteristic of the Verdejo variety.
José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc is a pure varietal of Sauvignon Blanc from some of the first vineyards that were planted in Rueda more than 30 years ago. After destemming, the grapes were macerated for around 10 hours at a low temperature. Then, a pneumatic pressing was carried out and the alcoholic fermentation was also performed at a low temperature. Subsequently, it remained with its lees until it was clarified. Once it was clarified, it was subjected to cold treatment and filtering. It offers an intense aromatic expression in an exceptional sum of notes of vegetation and exotic fruit (passion fruit), nuances of freshly cut grass and boxwood, with a slight mineral touch. On the mouth, it shows the typicity of the Sauvignon Blanc, with a fresh and clean elegance. It is a high-intensity wine, structured, persistent and round.
José Pariente Fermentado en Barrica is made from old vineyards located on platforms of quartzite boulders. These vines are planted in the traditional vase-shape, with an approximate yield of 4,000 kilos per hectare. The harvest is manual and the grapes are placed in 20-kg boxes. This allows them to carry out a first selection of the grapes in the vineyard and then in the winery. The fermentation takes place in new and single-use French oak barrels from several cooperages. Subsequently, they carry out a batonnage process for approximately six months, with the wine in permanent contact with its lees. Then, it is transferred to stainless steel deposits, where it remains five more months. It is intense and complex on the nose, with spicy aromas, ripe fruit, smoke, and a slight touch of wood with some notes of exotic fruit and minerals. In the mouth, it is voluminous, unctuous and very elegant, powerful, with a very good acidity that assures a long and lively mid-palate. Great balance between fruit and wood.
José Pariente Cuvée Especial is made with Verdejo from a vineyard of more than 80 years, planted in the traditional vase-shape, located in the area of Camino del Puerto, in the municipality of La Seca. Applying a very exhaustive control to achieve low yields, and selecting the grapes in the field, they carry out a manual harvest in 20-kg boxes. Clay and concrete egg-shaped deposits are the key of the production process. They offer a suitable answer to the continued study of the new possibilities that Verdejo variety has to offer. Its shape and the thermal differences between heights create a circular current that facilitates working with the lees. In addition, they provide better protection of the wine and offer the possibility of longer ageing without oxidation. After fermenting in these deposits, the wine is aged on its lees for 11 months. On the nose, it has a very elegant subtlety, which enhances its minerality. In the mouth, it has great complexity, provided with an impressive softness, with a silkiness that gives it elegance, and with that mineral touch that appears once again.
Apasionado is born from the desire to make an innovative sweet wine, far from the traditional proposals. The grapes to make this wine come from a single vineyard, from the first vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc that were planted in Rueda more than 30 years ago. They carry out sprawl pruning, as well as other kinds, to achieve low yields and a high concentration maintaining their freshness. The effort in the vineyard has been focused on achieving overripe grapes and their subsequent selection. The grapes from this vineyard are surprising because of the high acidity they keep despite their overripening in the field. At the winery, they go through maceration at an extremely low temperature, as well as a very light pneumatic pressing. Subsequently, and for five months, they perform a continuous work with the lees to achieve a lot of structure in the mouth. Its aromatic expression is unusual in sweet wines, given the exceptional sum of notes of vegetation and exotic fruits, memories of freshly cut grass and a slight mineral touch. In the mouth, it has a velvety and very fine sensation. It shows the typicity of the Sauvignon Blanc, with a fresh and clean elegance. It is a high-intensity wine, structured, persistent and round. It offers a perfect harmony between acidity, alcohol and sugars.
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