Verdejo

 

Name of varietal: Verdejo
 
Common synonyms: Palido
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Rueda, Spain
 
History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moors who settled there in the 12th century. But like many indigenous white grapes in Spain, it was mostly wiped out during the late 19th century Phylloxera crisis, and replanted with other grapes from hybrid vines that are easier to grow, like Palomino. However, in the 1970s, Bodega Marques de Riscal saw the potential in reviving traditional local grapes and replanted Verdejo in Rueda. Other bodegas followed and today, Verdejo is the signature grape of the region. Since barrel aging masks the inherent bright flavors of the varietal, most of the wines are produced to be consumed young and fresh. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: bright, fresh, acidic, lemon, green apple, pear, kiwi, grassy, fennel, mushroom. 
 
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  • "While I appreciate what they (Tegan, Duncan Arnot-Meyers) are trying to ... ... Trusseau, Trussiau, and Verdejo TintoHave heard through the grapevine (pun intended) that people are starting to do interesting things with it in CA. Haven't had any yet, thus my questio Read More

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  • Telmo Rodriguez Basa Blanco 2013

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    Rueda of this quality and price is a treat - the nose is full of perfume from sweet garden flowers plus a hefty infusion of peach. On the tongue there is spritely brightness - acidity, apple, and more peach; the mouth-feel is excellent with a well balanced, slightly dry entry. Finish is rich and of medium length. Excellent bargain. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Finca Muñoz Macabeo-Verdejo 2013

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    Want a cheaply priced wine that works at any outdoor gathering - especially with white meats or seafood? This may be your choice. A wine with peach notes on the nose and some allspice that also penetrates on entry, this Castilian number is good value. Not elegant or particularly subtle, but fairly soft and flavourful enough for everyday quaffi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) ... a Sauvignon Blanc. Or maybe Verdejo."chocolate cremeux with passion fruit sorbet, raspberry coulis and raspberries."That sounds just excellent. Coffee is my suggestion. But for wine, the only wines that really work with chocolate are oxidized wines like some sherries... Read More

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  • Hi All!  I could really use some advice.  My husband and I run a restaurant and we are having a 4-course Valentines dinner and I'm looking to pair each course with wine.  Affordable wines...lol!  The courses I need help with are: ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) with cauliflower puree carrots and snap pea... Read More

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  • Bodegas Shaya Shaya Verdejo Old Vines Rueda 2012

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    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Last Friday (12 Dec 2014) we enjoyed this white wine with some ... a good pairing!  The Verdejo complimented the chicken and sauces quite nicely Read More

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  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years ... years ... the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine to make an Iberian proud. 88 points. Grab these while you ca Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tamaral Verdejo Tamaral Do Rueda Spain 2011

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    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Altozano Verdejo & Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Quire pure on the nose with hints of herb stem and earth framing sweet cognac tinged notes of earl grey tea and raspberry compote. The oak gains a little more intensity but aromatically this remains wonderfully focused and bright. On entry there a big rush of raspberry fruit followed by bristly yet well covered tannins and a nice dose of earthy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Currently I am swaffing Verdejo Viuras to drink on its own or with food.on a regular basis when I want a change from our local reds here in Murcia/Andalucia. I dont have the language for descriibing them well except to express the lovely pleasure on mynose and tongue and in my sense of well being. I can pick up some really delicious ones from...

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