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Today we are going to review a very special wine, one that conquered our hearts from the very first sip – Verdejo 2019 by Grupo Valdecuevas. This a single varietal verdejo wine, which is a characterful speciality of Rueda wine growing area in Spain, which is located on the Duero river on about the same latitude as Ribera del Duero. Verdejo usually makes light-bodied white wines with a nuanced herbaceous accent, very similar to sauvignon blanc wines. Verdejo is a wine that most of us discover quite late in our journey through the world of wine, because it can only be found in Rueda, and to be fair, there are few who go to Rueda for a vacation. So, if you’ve tasted verdejo already, you’re part of a very small group of wine enthusiasts. This particular wine is made of grapes from old vines that are located at an altitude between 700 and 800 meters on alluvial and stony soils. Before bottling, the wine has been aged on lees for at least 3 months, but enough theory. That said and without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__green fruits: gooseberry | green pear | green apple | wild pear | wild apple
__citrus fruits: lemon | lime | kiwi
__stone fruits: green apricot
fruit character: unripe | ripe
non fruit: herbal | sweet
__herbal: currant leaf | meadow | daffodil | daisy | pear leaf | green grass
__sweet: pear candy
body: light | lean
fruit profile: green fruits
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: herbal
aftertaste: crisp & fresh
maturity: on the rise | developing
verdict: great | a must try
This is definitely a great wine of Spain and with a total of 92.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Verdict: this is an outstanding verdejo wine, one that is still developing in the bottle and very close to the peak of its form: refreshingly crisp, zingy and extremely appealing. The wine is very light in body, with mouth-watering acidity and a very aromatic, fruity-herbaceous accent. It feels lean, slightly green and well balanced, with nicely integrated alcohol and some subtle hints of minerality. Overall the wine tastes refined and harmonious, as it does not lack in structure nor identity. Drink it today or in the nxt 6 to 12 months and remember that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late, especially the highly aromatic white wines like vinho verde or verdejo.
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