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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Angel Rodriguez Vidal Martinsancho Verdejo 2005
Angel Rodriguez Vidal Martinsancho Verdejo 2005
(search item no. 92461)

PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $12.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The emergence of Rueda as a prestigious white wine region is the story of a unique grape called Verdejo. Although among only a small handful of truly noble Spanish white varieties, it was in danger of extinction by the early 1970's. Angel Rodríguez saved the shy-bearing, thick-skinned Verdejo through loving refusal to uproot his 17th-century vineyard, MartínSancho. For his untiring efforts in favor of reestablishing Verdejo's prominence in its region of origin he was officially honored by King Juan Carlos.

Archetypical of authentic Verdejo is MartínSancho's refined, creamy bouquet with surprisingly long and complex finish.

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About Angel Rodriguez Vidal:

Martinsancho is Angel Rodriguez' 17th-century vineyard responsible for the preservation of Rueda's indigenous Verdejo grape. Cuttings from here were used in 1976 to establish a 25-acre vineyard planted in the traditional head-pruned fashion and dry-farmed. Low-yield Verdejo apports viscosity and a long finish while retaining a delicate floral nose.

Production of Martinsancho is under 4,000 cases, its informing character obtained both from the Medieval vines and the 25-acre parcel. Harvest is carefully timed and rapidly completed, for consistent maturity and health in even the most difficult years. Archetypical of authentic Verdejo is Martinsancho's refined, creamy bouquet with surprisingly long and complex finish.