Verdejo Wines

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Verdejo Wines Verdejo, it’s one of Spain’s sadly ignored wines. Living in the shadow of Albarino and white Rioja, Verdejo has had a tough time of it. The truth is that most of the Verdejo we see in this country comes from Rueda, and having that as your differential edge doesn’t exactly make consumers flock to your shelves.

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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  • Verdejo in a good vintage is an excellent wine. Many say that when enjoying one of those great Spanish paellas that you should pair it with Albarino, but I have had Verdejo with my paella and I think it marries just as well. Verdejo is reasonably priced.

    Jun 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

  • Snooth User: mrallenb
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    I'm surprised I didn't see the 2009 Naia Rueda on your list! It's a consistent classic from this region and is coming into its best season for enjoying with the heat of the summer and the need for a cold, crisp, and refreshingly fruity but dry white wine. Santa Fe Wine Gourmet

    Jun 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

  • There is enough mispelled Rueda and Ruedo in this artlcle to confuse people to staying with Albarino or even Carignan Blanc.

    Jun 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

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