Now don’t get me wrong, Rueda makes some very fine wines and has a long history of producing top notch Verdejo, but it’s not exactly well-known. And the additions of blending grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino Blanco can sometimes rob the wines of their innate character. Rueda Verdejo need only be 85% Verdejo, while with Rueda Blanco that minimum drops to 50%.
And on that character, one of Verdejo’s obstacles is that it is simply not a particularly aromatic grape. In the mouth, however, the best examples combine richness, freshness and lovely acidity while delivering almond-scented wines that offer a fine blend of near tropical orchard fruits with a fresh zesty edge.
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