Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: *** $$ Oro de Castilla Verdejo, Rueda, Spain, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Verdejo has been making more and more of a name for itself as a "new" white wine, but with an extremely long-lived heritage.  Here we are sampling a 100% verdejo from the Rueda region of northwestern Spain.

Original tasting and review : This is Oro de Castilla Verdejo, Rueda, Spain, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear with light yellow/vanilla accents.

On the nose: Poured quite cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep and funky, lightly fermented hay.  From the aroma, seems like this will be dry, perhaps tight, with a core of tropical fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact light, friendly - I would almost say "jangly" - on the mid-palate.  There is a bit of mineral, a bit of fruit, a bit of brightness, a bit of depth.  The finish moves toward clean and lightly acidic in your gums. Long lasting with the acid tones.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  A lightly fruity coconut mixed in with the nose.  Softer and better integrated on the palate.  Ends with a light acid burst coming from the middle of this softness.  Works well with the decant.  Suggests another year or so of age would suit well too.

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