Azumbre Verdejo, Cuatro Rayas Centennial Vineyards Verdejo, and Cuatro Rayas Verdejo obtain 90, 89, and 87 points respectively, making the Winery the best-ranked in the zone.
La Seca (Valladolid), July 1, 2011. - Robert Parker, the world‘s best-known wine guru, has rated three of Cuatro Rayas‘ most emblematic wines. The results make the Winery the highest-ranked in the Rueda denomination. The Cuatro Rayas Verdejo wine scored an 87, the Cuatro Rayas Centennial Vineyards Verdejo an 89, while the greatest score was achieved by the Azumbre Verdejo wine, having been awarded 90 points, a score given by Robert Parker to "outstanding wines of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines."
Once again, the Winery‘s know-how and careful work, especially that of its enologist, Angel Calleja, are reflected internationally by the world‘s most important wine critic, who had this to say about each of the three wines:
Ø 2010 Cuatro Rayas Verdejo (100%) was fermented with native yeasts and aged sur lie with batonnage. Aromas of nutmeg, orchard fruits, mineral, and jasmine inform the nose of a spicy, crisp, nicely proportioned Verdejo that offers good value in a wine meant for drinking over the next 2-3 years.
Ø The 2010 Cuatro Rayas Verdejo Viñedos Centenarios was made from vines ranging in age from 60 to 110 years. It is more expressive aromatically than the regular bottling with fragrant aromas of baking spices, spring flowers, white peach, pear, and mineral. Crisp, dry, spicy, and impeccably balanced, it is an excellent value that will provide enjoyment for another 3 years.
Ø The 2010 Azumbre Verdejo was produced from ungrafted old vines ranging in age from 80 to 140 years. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged sur lie with batonnage for 3 months. It is richer and more concentrated than the preceding wines while displaying outstanding depth, concentration, balance, and length. Verdejo does not get much better than this, particularly at its friendly price.