Rueda is a wine region – Denominación de Origen (D.O.) – in the area known as Castile and Leon. The Rueda D.O. is located northeast of the famous university city, Salamanca, and lies largely within the province of Valladolid. It is, in fact, known for it’s production of wines from the Verdejo grape which (apparently originating in North Africa) began to be cultivated in Rueda around the 11th century. I’d never had a Verdejo before, so I decided to take the plunge and give it a go.
Notes: The color of this Spanish white was extremely pale yellow. It’s bouquet included scents of citrus, grass, and a hint of tart apple. Acidity was good, and it was very light on the tongue. Alcohol was at 12.5%. Serving it chilled, I found the flavors very light as well with an overarching citrus and some grass. As this Verdejo approached room temperature, however, it really opened up. Flavors increased in intensity with a noteable core of citrus, some toasty warm spice notes, a bit of honey, and citrus peel on the finish. Although I purchased my bottle at Trader Joe’s, this selection is available at a number of wine retailers in my area.