91 points James Suckling
"A creamy and fruity white with an attractive texture to the dried-apple and honey character. Some pear, too. Medium to full body. Round. Drink now."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The name Protos comes from the Greek work for “first.” While Protos has several peers in the upper echelons of cult Ribera del Duero, it is difficult to argue whether or not Protos is the region’s most iconic winery – “Ribera del Duero” was literally the winery’s brand name until 1982, when Protos gifted the name to the rest of the region, allowing for the creation of the now revered Ribera del Duero appellation. The winery sits at the base of the symbolic Penafiel castle that identifies the region. While Protos is usually associated with full-throttle red wines from Ribera del Duero, the appellation of Rueda is just next door and the winery has built quite a following for this intense example of Verdejo. Tasting Notes: Straw color, bright and clean. Powerful, fruity with green apple, citrus and tropical fruits, white blossoms, fragrant herbs and fennel hints. Very fresh, with good acidity, flavorful, fruity, well balance, complex, with a long finish.