Weekend Wine Reviews #5

Tapena Verdejo

This week I only have one wine to review. I know! I am drinking as fast as I can. I was going to wait until I had more to review, and go ahead and post a book review today. But my wine notebook was a mere one flight of stairs away, and my book notebook was two flights of stairs away. Laziness wins out all the time.

Plus, this wine was really interesting, and I love discovering a new (or at least to me) varietal/style of wine. I had never had a Verdejo wine before, here is how it is described from their website:

Verdejo (ver-DAY-ho) is the Spanish answer to Sauvignon Blanc with a hint more floral aromas. Verdejo is known to come from several regions across Spain ranging from Rueda to Tierra de Castilla. This varietal has been written about by wine writers from Robert Parker to Hugh Johnson as the next hot white that is known for good value for the money

From the wine-making region of Tierra de Castilla in the heart of Spain, this pale yellow hued wine has a vibrant nose with an array of aromas of tropical fruits over a backdrop of ripe peaches. The palate is full of bright stone fruit that is beautifully balanced and crisp, refreshing acidity and a lingering finish with a hint of minerality.

We tried the Tapena Verdejo, 2006, Spain. $10.00 They say: This refreshing wine has flavors of a pears and honey swimming from the glass. Body soft and smooth. We say: full on the front, ends flinty. Very dry finish. Unusual. Buy again: Yes, though we would like to try it from other wineries too, since this is the only one that we have tried.

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