Vino es fino: El Hada Verdejo-Viura 2008

10 Feb

From the current tasting menu at Barriques Wine and Spirits in Middleton, tonight’s libation is El Hada Verdejo-Viura 2008. This is one of the first Spanish wines I’ve sampled so expectations are…limited.  Here we go…

Wine: Rincón de Pedraza El Hada Verdejo-Viura 2008

Vitals: Region – Rueda, Spain; Grapes: 50% Verdejo, 50% Viura; unaged

Company line: “These wines have great length and a delicate mouth-filling softness, as well as very distinctive bouquet and lots of finesse. The wines have3 a pale gold color. Cirtus notes on the nose (apples and limes) with light herbal qualities. The El Hada wines are bright and tangy with citrus flavors and a lingering finish. –”

My take: pale straw in the glass.  Nose bursts with apple, pear and peach with a flash of lime.  Palate exhibits high minerality and light body as notes of peach and lime zip across the tongue and fade to a lightly acidic finish.  A highly drinkable and refreshing white that teases this Wisconsin-bound drinker with images of summer.  I can think of worse delusions.

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