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Finca Las Caraballas Verdejo 2013

Verdejo from Spain
  • RP91
13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

In the glass it appears clean and bright, slightly yellow and green hues. Intense, complex and with great nose of apricot and passion fruit. Also present are citrus notes which bring freshness in the aroma and notes of herbs like basil. In the mouth it has a direct and tasty, fresh attack, medium body, and good structure.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Verdejo is sold as Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, as they often had problems with the tasting panel of the Rueda appellation that felt their wines were not “typical.” A shame, because I think they are a good and pure expression of Verdejo, produced from organically cultivated vineyards. The wine has a strong personality and feels very much alive, with good concentration and marked flavors, aromas and notes of hay, straw, recently cut grass, fennel, aniseed and apples, with some spiciness and pungent, delineated acidity. This is a great Verdejo at a good price. Highly recommended and great value too!
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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

Light-bodied but captivating with flavors of citrus blossom, melon, white peach and fennel, Verdejo is native to Rueda, Spain, and is growing in popularity. If you’re used to drinking Sauvignon blanc or Pinot grigio, this is the wine for you! Contrary to what some may think, it is actually not related to the Portugese variety with a very similar name, Verdelho. In fact, DNA profiling suggests it is most likely a sibling of Godello, a variety native to northwest Spain. Enjoy this little charmer with a variety of dishes like fish tacos, Thai food, papaya salad or even lemon-spritzed asparagus and steamed artichokes.

DUECARAVERD_2013 Item# 144078