Monday, December 10, 2012

A Tremendous Verdejo

Meet this attractive Verdejo
Vina Orpendola, Verdejo 2011, Rueda (Spain), 13%, €13.00 to €15.00, stockists 

Just take a look at this remarkable Verdejo. It is beautiful and bright. Already your guard is down. But don't worry, it is a tender trap!

Rueda DO is a prestigious white wine region in NW Spain. This Orpendola is made with one hundred per cent Verdejo and “tries to express the personality “of the area. Vino Orpendola is a unit of the Osborne family, best known for its sherry.

I fell for it at first sight. It has lovely aromas of white fruits and blossom. It is full-textured, fruity, lively and dry. Generous, it doesn’t flatter to deceive and is excellent from start to long finish. Another winner from Wine Alliance. Highly recommended.

In singing the praises of a young Spanish wine I must not forget some of the older whites. I had the pleasure of revisiting one this weekend: R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia, Viña Gravonia Crianza 2002, Rioja DO.

Just gorgeous, as I remembered. See the full story here, plus a review of the even better 1996, both white and dry, both memorable.

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