The historic Pálido wine returns to the D.O. Rueda
Bodegas De Alberto presents “De Alberto Pálido”. A historical elaboration recovered under the DO Rueda seal after 11 years of absence
The Rueda Denomination of Origin, founded in 1980, presented in October 2019 a new List of Conditions in which it looked back at its origins, once again recognizing the Pálido category, biological aging.
Together with the Dorado, of oxidative aging, they make up the traditional wines of the area and whose history dates back to the 14th century. Pálido wine disappeared as a category with the 2008 Regulation, but Bodegas De Alberto never abandoned its production.
Located in Serrada in the old winery of the Dominican monks, dated in 1657, the Gutiérrez family thus continues its custody of the intangible heritage that these wines and their tradition represent.
Thus, it is committed to bringing wine lovers closer to the special elaborations that rescue and maintain the most genuine tradition of the area of biological aging ‘under veil of flower’.
“Only a few barrels withstood the test of time,” says Carmen San Martín Gutiérrez, CEO of Bodegas De Alberto. “At last we can once again count within the DO Rueda seal with the traditional De Alberto Pálido, a very unique elaboration under a veil of flower that represents the reason for being of our Winery”.
This flower is the yeasts of the biological aging of fortified wines, which form a layer or veil over them and transform them, providing them with unique characteristics.
Almond and bakery aromas, subtle notes of wood, vanilla and dried fruits characterize De Alberto Pálido, which has been biologically aged under a veil of flower for more than three years in barrels. In the background, the Verdejo grape does not abandon us, but is great, providing freshness and structure to this dry wine, delicate and light on the palate, with salty touches.
“For the family, both De Alberto Pálido and De Alberto Dorado are the wines of our grandparents”.
“The most genuine part of our history, and witnessing how they find their place again and have relevance in the current landscape is very exciting.” Explains Carmen, who recognizes that fortified wines and unique elaborations are awakening great interest among the most demanding consumers.
In its elaboration, Bodegas De Alberto faithfully maintains the traditional method that was practiced in the area, and that was later collected by the DO Rueda in its first regulation: starting with a base wine headed with wine alcohol up to a minimum of 14 degrees and, later, Pass it to barrels for biological aging under a flower veil where it remains for a minimum of three years.
With an exclusive production of 1,400 bottles and a careful presentation, De Alberto Pálido reappears as a well-kept secret for more than a decade. Thus, it aspires to surprise fans of fortified wines and seekers of special elaborations.
Los generous De Alberto, a benchmark in the DO Rueda
De Alberto Pálido belongs to the Premium range of fortified wines from Bodegas de Alberto, of which the greatest exponent to date is De Alberto Dorado.
This wine accumulates a very important list of awards and recognitions that are difficult to match, such as, among others, the two consecutive Platinum Medals in Decanter, reaching 97 points, the Great Gold Medal in the Brussels World Contest, the Great Bacchus of Gold, the Great Gold Medal in VINESPAÑA, the 95 Peñín Guide Points or the 91 Parker Wine Advocate Points.
With a very long tradition in this category of wines that goes back to the elaborations of the Dominican monks in their underground galleries, Bodegas Hijos De Alberto Gutiérrez can be considered as the benchmark in the elaboration of this type of wines in the Rueda Denomination of Origin in the actuality.
The wine that will soon complete the range will be De Alberto Dorado Dulce, also 100% Verdejo and DO Rueda, which will also be presented in 2021.
De Alberto Winery’s legendary wine will be tasted at the Second European Meeting of Oxidative Wines, a great showcase of hidden treasures.
Serrada (Valladolid), October 24, 2019. Bodegas De Alberto will participate next Monday, October 28th with his De Alberto Dorado Verdejo 100% DO Rueda in the ‘Second European Meeting of Dry Oxidative Wines’ of the Association of Dry Rancios of Roussillon , in the city of Perpignan (France), an essential event for the recognition of these historical wines, hidden treasures, in many cases on the verge of disappearance.
They are aged wines, of colors marked by oxidation ranging from amber to brown and with very special deep aromas, typical of long aging and their exposure to oxygen in boots or barrels of old wood or, in the case of De Alberto Dorado by Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, in demijohns in the sun.
Four thousand demijohns, traditional glass jugs of 16 liters capacity, are used for the first part of the oxidative aging of De Alberto Dorado for twelve months outdoors. According to this traditional elaboration, maintained only by the Gutierrez family since the 40s, the wine will then be aged in solera in boots with a mother wine of more than 70 years.
Oxidative wines are generous wines with historical names, such as those made in the Marco de Jerez and Montilla Moriles, or as dried Madeira, Sicilian Marsala or very old dry white Porto.
With De Alberto Dorado, the wine heritage of the Rueda Designation of Origin is also making history. Winner of the Platinum Medal with 97 points in the last Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Alberto Dorado has been recognized in recent years with an important prize list, among which is the Grand Gold Medal in the World Contest from Brussels, the Grand Bacchus de Oro, the Grand Gold Medal in VINESPAÑA, the 95 Peñín Guide Points or the 91 Parker Wine Advocate Points.
Seventeen wine regions from nine different countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Georgia, Hungary and Switzerland, will meet on Monday October 28 to taste these wines called “meditation”, since they are to enjoy them slowly, with the necessary time so that they can express all their complexity.
They are wines gastronomically to discover, since we are not used to eating with them. However, they perfectly accompany many types of dishes such as those made with truffles and mushrooms, with reductions of fish or meat, as well as with pickles, smoked, cut or dried cheeses, and with snacks with olives and nuts, achieving fantastic combinations of flavors.
Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo 100% wins the Silver Medal in the international wine competition prelude to the German ProWein Fair.
Serrada (Valladolid), February 27, 2019. Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo 100% DO Rueda from Bodegas De Alberto has been awarded the Silver Medal in the twenty-third edition of the Mundus Vini International Grand Prix of Wines, one of the most recognized wine competitions in the world and prelude to the celebration of the ProWein Fair in Germany, a reference point for the sector at international level.
Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo 100% DO Rueda can be tasted at the next edition of the ProWein Fair, which will take place between March 17 and 19 in Düsseldorf, Germany, both at Bodegas De Alberto’s own stand (F111 / Hall10 ), as in the tasting space specially dedicated for the award-winning wines at MUNDUS VINI 2019, ‘ProWein Mundus Vini Tasting Area’.
This recognition adds to the important prize list of awards obtained for this wine in other publications and competitions, such as the Gold Medal awarded at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2018, or the Silver Medals awarded by the Bacchus and Mundus Vini Awards also in 2018.
Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo, elaborated with the native variety of the DO Rueda, the Verdejo, in 100%, has been distinguished in the contest for its good intensity in nose and mouth and described as a straw-colored yellow wine with greenish reflections , where fruit aromas with tones of hay and aniseed memories stand out. In the mouth, it is appreciated as fresh and tasty, and its good structure and persistence stand out.
The Spanish Federation of Winemakers Associations distinguishes De Alberto Ecologico Verdejo in the second edition of his National Contest.
Serrada (Valladolid), February 28, 2019. De Alberto Ecológico 100% Verdejo DO Rueda has been awarded the Gold Medal in the second edition of the VINESPAÑA Wine Competition 2019, organized by the Spanish Federation of Winemakers Associations (FEAE) and by the Aragonese Association of Winemakers (AAE), and endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Union Internationale des Oenologues, an organization that brings together winemakers associations from 16 countries of the world.
De Alberto Ecologico 100% Verdejo DO Rueda, from Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, he obtains with this Gold a significant recognition at the national level, which adds to other international recognitions, such as the Gold Medal in the prestigious Berliner Wine Trophy; Silver Medal, at the Brussels World Contest, and the Bronze Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2018.
The Spanish Federation of Winemakers Associations (FEAE), announced yesterday at the Enomaq fair in Zaragoza the results of the second edition of the Vinespaña National Wine Contest, whose main objectives are the stimulation of the production of high quality wines in Spain, its promotion at national and international level and the exchange of knowledge in sensory analysis of the sector.
Bodegas De Alberto’s historic wine becomes the first DO Rueda wine to win the highest award Decanter Awards
Serrada (Valladolid), May 21, 2019. De Alberto Dorado Verdejo 100% DO Rueda has been awarded with the Platinum Medal at the ‘Decanter World Wine Awards 2019’, the most important international wine competition in the United Kingdom and, created and managed by the magazine of global reference wine Decanter, one of the most relevant in the world, as the organization has announced today.
This historic wine, made according to the traditional method by Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez for more than 70 years, thus becomes the first wine of the Rueda Denomination of Origin to obtain the highest award of the Decanter awards, obtained only by eight wineries of Castilla y León in the history of the contest.
Alberto Dorado, made with the 100% Verdejo variety and under the DO Rueda, has been recognized with the Platinum Medal by the jury of the renowned British contest, which gathered under the maxims of the requirement and rewarding excellence, was composed of specialists in the categories of different disciplines, winemakers, distributors, specialized journalists, Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, among which the Masters of Wine and Master Sommelier Charles Curtis, Almudena Alberca and Aristide Spies stood out.
The ‘Decanter World Wine Awards’, the largest specialized wine competition and one of the most prestigious in the world, celebrated its 2019 edition between April 29 and May 3, followed a week later by tasting the best wines of the year by the jury for the selection of Platinum Medals, among which De Alberto Dorado was distinguished.
This recognition adds to the important prize list of awards for this wine, among which is the Grand Gold Medal at the Brussels World Contest, the Grand Gold Bacchus, the Grand Gold Medal at VINESPAÑA, the 95 Peñín Guide Points or the 91 Parker Wine Advocate Points.
Bodegas De Alberto is the only winery of the DO Rueda that, with its De Alberto Dorado Verdejo 100% DO Rueda, has maintained since its birth in the 40s the elaboration of the historic golden wine, strictly following the traditional methodology: developing a crianza Oxidative in open-air ‘demijons’ and a solera aged in 600 liters capacity barrels with a mother wine of more than 70 years.
De Alberto Dorado is distinguished as one of the 15 Grand Gold Bacchus awarded in the international competition organized by the Spanish Tasters Union among 1,650 samples submitted.
Serrada (Valladolid), March 12, 2019. De Alberto Dorado 100% Verdejo DO Rueda has been awarded the Grand Bacchus de Oro in the 2019 edition of the prestigious international wine competition organized by the Spanish Tasters Union (UEC) and recognized by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the World Federation of Great Contests of Wines and Spirits (Vinofed), held this weekend in Madrid, and in which more than a hundred professionals and experts have participated .
With De Alberto Dorado 100% Verdejo DO Rueda, from Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, he obtains with this Grand Bacchus de Oro a relevant recognition in one of the most reputed wine competitions worldwide.
This award also adds to the important prize list of awards obtained for this wine, among which is the Grand Gold Medal at the Brussels World Contest, the Grand Gold Medal at VINESPAÑA, the 95 Peñín Guide Points or the 91 Parker Wine Advocate points.
Among the winning wines, fifteen have been the winners of the Grand Bacchus de Oro, maximum recognition of the contest awarded to wines that have obtained scores higher than 92 points out of 100, among the 1,650 national and international samples presented.
The jury, consisting of Masters of Wine, Sommelier Masters, sommeliers, managers of large-scale and import purchases, and specialized journalists, such as Pedro Ballesteros MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Kathrine Larsen M or Guillermo Cruz, also had experts from Finland, Norway, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, France, USA, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Australia, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Holland, Switzerland and Spain.
Bodegas De Alberto is the only winery of the DO Rueda that, with its Alberto Dorado Verdejo 100% DO Rueda, has maintained since its birth in the 40s the elaboration of the historic golden wine, strictly following the traditional methodology: developing a crianza Oxidative in open-air ladybugs and a solera upbringing in large boots with a mother wine of more than 70 years.
De Alberto Dorado and Saitina, awarded with Gold and Silver at the Mezquita Awards, a reference event for liquorice wines from Spain.
Serrada (Valladolid), May 2th, 2019. Rows of orange and palm trees, fountains and imposing two-colored horseshoe arches in white and red. Iconic images of an artistic and cultural reference in Spain: the Mosque of Cordoba. And now, more and more, symbols of the enogastronomic quality of this city and of the international contest of reference of the generous wines, the Mezquita Awards, which this year have celebrated their twenty-fifth edition.
Alberto Dorado 100% Verdejo DO Rueda and Saitina have been awarded a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal, respectively, in this edition of the Mezquita de Córdoba Awards, one of the most important wine competitions in Spain and the contest of international reference specialized in wines of generous type, category in which the awarded wines of Bodegas De Alberto have stood out.
The 25th edition of the Iberian Wine Contest Mezquita Awards, organized by the Aula del Vino associations and the Wine Academy of Córdoba and endorsed, year after year, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries from the Junta de Andalucía, it has received 315 wine samples from all over Spain and Portugal, which have been evaluated by a professional jury composed of 35 expert tasters, from Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
This Gold Medal for De Alberto Dorado 100% Verdejo DO Rueda, from Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, joins the Grand Gold Medal recently won at the Bacchus International Wine Competition 2019, as well as the important prize list of awards obtained by this wine, among which is the Grand Gold Medal at the Brussels World Contest, the 95 Peñín points and the 91 Parker Wine Advocate points.
Bodegas De Alberto is the only winery of the DO Rueda that, with its Alberto Dorado Verdejo 100% DO Rueda, has maintained since its birth in the 40s the elaboration of the historic golden wine, strictly following the traditional methodology: developing a crianza Oxidative in open-air ladybugs and a solera aging in large boots with a mother wine of more than 70 years.
The Silver Medal of the Mezquita Prizes for Saitina also represents an important recognition for Bodegas De Alberto in regards to its elaboration of generous wines with oxidative aging. Saitina has been appreciated as a sweet white wine with a frank and clean aroma, reminiscent of raisins and dates, and sweet and unctuous in the mouth.
De Alberto Ecológico Tempranillo 100% goes on the market to meet the growing demand nationally and internationally
Serrada (Valladolid), September 26, 2018. Bodegas De Alberto continues betting on organic wines with the latest release in this newly released autumn of its first organic red wine. De Alberto Ecológico Tempranillo 100%, under the PGI Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, aims to meet the growing demand for organic wines, both in Spain and in various international markets.
Made with grapes from certified Organic Farming vineyards located in the Valladolid town of Serrada, the 100% Tempranillo Organic Alberto is “an elegant young red wine with character at the same time”, as described by Carmen San Martín Gutiérrez, Alberto’s granddaughter Gutiérrez and general director of Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez.
With a limited production of 18,000 bottles, Alberto Ecológico Tempranillo 100% has a cherry color with purple highlights. On the nose, it is intense, with aromas of red fruits and wild berries and, on the palate, it has a good tannic structure and perfect balance of acidity and freshness. It is a wine with personality and harmonic that reminds us again of the aromas of berries after tasting.
Alberto Ecológico Tempranillo 100% is the second organic wine made by Bodegas de Alberto, together with the Alberto Ecológico Verdejo 100%, already in its third vintage. Both are examples of the orientation and commitment of Bodegas De Alberto with sustainability, through modernization in the supply of food raw materials that favor the conservation of natural resources and the environment.
Bodegas De Alberto is part of the Integral Sustainability Decalogue for the Agrifood Industry developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, for its commitment to the permanent improvement of the sustainability of its activity.
With a long trajectory in the market and characterized by the success in the combination of the most traditional and the most modern elaboration techniques, Bodegas De Alberto reaffirm, with this new market launch, the growing interest of the wine sector to continue advancing in measures of sustainability, as an indispensable way to increase quality and competitiveness.