Cuatro Rayas

Cuatro Rayas has been a long-time leader in improving viticulture and producing top quality wines in the Spanish region of Rueda.  Although Spain in general is much better known for red wines, the traditional varietal in Rueda is the expressive and aromatic white grape Verdejo.  Adding to the expressive characteristics of Verdejo is the geology in the region where there are significant deposits of both limestone and iron is the very stony and otherwise nutrient poor soils.  The two wines selected from Cuatro Rayas, which also includes a Tempranillo, are produced from older vines that are organically certified.

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Limestone and clay soils for freshness and balance

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Old bush vines for rich deep flavors

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Hand harvesting for maximum quality

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Verdejo clusters after harvesting

The Wines

Organic Verdejo 2019 (OC, NF)

 

Aromas include green apple, pear, quince, star fruit, ripe cherries, and hints of tropical fruits such as pineapple and guava along with citrusy aromas such as Meyer lemon, lime, and white grapefruit.  Flavors include honeydew melon, white peaches, mild guava, and white grapefruit.  There is a very satisfying medium body, perfect balance and acidity, and a long finish.

 

Food pairings would include shrimp, crab, scallops, lobster, sole, branzino, creamy fish soups, steamed clams, seafood pasta and salads, veal, pork, chicken, grilled sausages, charcuterie, creamy pasta and linguine with clam sauce, Asian pork, chicken, and vegetable dishes, Asian vegetable salads, creamy curries, Mexican pork and chicken dishes, chile verde, black beans, quiche, vegetable casseroles, green salads, and medium cheeses.  

 

Organic Tempranillo 2018 (OC, NF)

 

Aromas are of dark plums, dark cherries, mild cocoa, cherry kirsch, and hints of ripe peaches and chocolate.  The main flavors are of dark plums and dark cherries along with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa.  There is a medium body which is smooth and rich across the palate and a very satisfying saturated finish.

 

Food pairings would include Filet Mignon, braised beef, beef stew, short ribs, pork shoulder, BBQ ribs, grilled pork, salmon, shrimp, pasta with meat sauce, beef and pork enchiladas, anything with a mole sauce, black beans and pinto beans, Asian beef dishes, charcuterie, and mild and soft cheeses.

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