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RUEDA

While red wines are produced here, it’s generally only the white wines that matter. Indeed, there is one vine in particular, Verdejo, which produces wines of great crispness and occasionally of wonderful richness and texture. Other white grapes are grown here as well: Viura is used for blending; Sauvignon Blanc is utilized for aromatics; and Palomino is grown here because, not so long ago, Rueda wines were all rancio in style, and that oxidized style lent itself better to the Palomino grape. But in the 1970s Marqués de Riscal, assisted by the Bordeaux enologist Emile Peynaud, led a charge to create a fresh white wine and saw an affinity between the grapes Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viura. They blended them, giving Verdejo an opportunity on the stage, but a little Sauvignon Blanc can shout down many other grapes.

Growers such as Ángel Rodríguez were instrumental in promoting the Verdejo grape as a stand–alone variety and in sustaining the vine during a long era of disinterest; by keeping the faith, they provided the plant material that has seen Verdejo explode in the DO, as well as outside of it. Verdejo is finally being heralded on its own, though it is often found with the supporting actors Sauvignon Blanc and Viura, mainly because there isn’t enough Verdejo to go around.

The DO has grown to nearly 20,000 acres (20% of that is planted to red varieties) with the clay and sand soils providing reasonable water retention during the warm times, and a relatively mellow landscape allows healthy yields and even vintages. The label Rueda Superior requires at least 75% Verdejo, while the simple Rueda only demands 40% Verdejo and/or Sauvignon Blanc, with the remainder comprised of Viura or Palomino (usually Viura).

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  • Garayes Verdejo

  • Mocen Rueda 2019

    Mocen Rueda 2019

    A very good example of a Rueda wine, this cannot be called a Verdejo as it has some Viura in it which is why the price is lower than 100% Verdejo wines. Produced by Bodegas Mocen, this is a very easy to drink young white wine.

     

    Colour: Medium intense golden yellow with occasional green hues.

    Nose: On the nose it is big, with intense aromas of its Verdejo variety, hay and ripened tropical fruit.

    Taste: In the mouth, it is fresh, fruity, oily, big, consistent, round and balanced.

    7.00
  • 12 Linajes Verdejo

    12 Linajes Verdejo

    12 Linajes Verdejo is a young white wine, made from 100% Verdejo by Bodegas GarciGrande from the region of Rueda.

     

    Colour: Bright yellow with green hues

    Nose: Intense fruit aromas, prevailing peach and apricot. Spicy notes of green herbs and aniseed

    Taste: Pleasant and subtle entry.  Round and well balanced, smooth and persistent. Very elegant

    8.90
  • Mocen Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    Mocen Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    The only Sauvignon Blanc that we bring in from Spain, from Rueda in particular.  The traditional grape from Rueda is Verdejo.  Produced by Bodegas Mocen.

     

    Colour: Brilliant pale straw yellow colour.

    Nose: Very intense on the nose with pleasant aromas, fruits, mango, pineapple, guava, passion fruit.

    Taste: In the mouth it is big, smooth, persistent, a very balanced wine with big retro-nasal aromas.

    8.95
  • Ana Principe 2019

    Ana Principe 2019

    A fantastic example of a Verdejo wine made well! Produced by Bodegas Cesar Principe, this is a fresh white wine, made from 100% Verdejo grapes.

     

    Colour: Yellow straw with greenish reflections and bright appearance.

    Nose: Notes of ripe-stone fruit and light loquat tones, with fresh herbaceous notes, honey and mineral sensation.

    Taste: Frank and tasty, with good balance, fresh and pleasant, fruity, clean and varietal. A very pleasant aftertaste with length.

    9.95