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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Sitios de Bodega Con Class Rueda Blanco 2007
Sitios de Bodega Con Class Rueda Blanco 2007
(search item no. 96657)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Pale gold. Exotically perfumed bouquet of citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with salty minerals, pungent herbs and white pepper. Sharply focused lemon, lime and pink grapefruit flavors are impressively concentrated and pure, with bright mineral snap on the back end. The long finish boasts outstanding clarity and cut. These vines, reportedly between 70 and 100 years of age, are planted on 30 meters of chalk."
-International Wine Cellar
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About Sitios de Bodega:

For six generations, the Sanz family has been making wines in the Rueda region of Spain. In 2005, Ricardo Sanz created started producing his wines under the new Sitios de Bodega label. The project distinguishes his modern approach from that of his father, who still produces wines under different labels.

Rueda is located in northwestern Spain - just south of the River Duero, not far from the Portuguese border. Scorched bare by retreating Moors in the tenth century, the region lay fallow for generations. During this period, a wild grape called Verdejo, appeared throughout the district. As Rueda was resettled in the 11th century, the grape was gradually domesticated throughout the district.

In the 1970's, Marques de Riscal initiated a renaissance in Rueda winemaking. Riscal recognized that modern winemaking equipment could produce a fresh and delicious wine from Verdejo, a revelation, since the grape oxidizes very rapidly to produce sherry-like aromas. In addition, the estate introduced other varieties like Viura and Sauvignon Blanc that flourish in Rueda's chalky soils. The resulting wines were completely different from what Spain was used to drinking - unlike the heavy and /or oxidized whites the country had produced for generations.