Atypical wines entice intrepid drinkers. Anomalies can be off the mark, but when they’re not it’s reason to rejoice. 
 
Many different grapes are used to make sparkling wines. The grapes tend to be delineated by region, but winemakers love to experiment. Sometimes the experiments flop. Other times, they strike new chords. This is the case for Bodegas Mocén Añ Espumoso Brut Nature, a sparkling Verdejo from the Rueda region.
Bodegas Mocén Añ Espumoso Brut Nature demonstrates, to me, the possibility of a new Rueda region staple. The Verdejo grape is known for full-bodied citrus and tropical melon flavors complemented by high acidity. Verdejo from Rueda also delivers notes of smoked nuts (mostly almond and Brazil). They are unmistakable and unique to Verdejo from Rueda. Pipe those notes through a thicket of bubbles and a new experience is born. It’s an experience I’d like to repeat.  
 
I had the opportunity to taste the Bodegas Mocén Añ Espumoso Brut Nature at the Ribera y Rueda Roadshow, a collection of tastings for both trade and consumers. Sign up here to learn about future events and more from Ribera y Rueda. 
 
Bodegas Mocén Añ Espumoso Brut Nature is available from Columbus Wine & Spirits.