The 2010 Hermanos Lurton Rueda Verdejo is 85% Verdejo, 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Viura (also known as Macabeo, which is one of the 3 grapes traditionally used to make Cava) grown in the Rueda DO inside of Castilla y León region in Spain. They have been growing Verdejo in Rueda since the 11th century and to be labeled a Verdejo from Rueda the bottle must contain at least 85% Verdejo grapes. This wine was fermented in various sized oak barrels and was aged “on fine lees” in stainless steel tanks for 3 months. “On lees” indicates they left the dead yeast and grape residue in the aging tanks, “on fine lees” shows that they removed the larger pieces of residue and just left the tiny bits that were suspended in the wine. The alcohol content is 12.5%.
The color is butter yellow with a slight green tint. The nose is a mix of pineapple and peach, with a little lemon and a touch of grapefruit. This wine has a soft, rounded mouthfeel. It tastes of Anjou pear, lime, pink grapefruit and blood orange. The mid palate adds a hint of minerality and cherry lemonade. There is a nice amount of lip smacking acidity, this would pair very well with Mediterranean style dishes, seafood, non red sauce pasta and tapas. The finish is strong, smooth and lengthy.
The 2010 Hermanos Lurton Rueda Verdejo is an extremely tasty, versatile summertime White wine. It lists for $12, but the 2011 vintage is out and I found the 2010 vintage selling for $5.99. If you have not tried a Verdejo, it is more Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, but smoother with more mellow, honeyed fruit and citrus. The Hermanos Verdejo adds a little texture and complexity, that allows this wine to be more than a tuesday night, backyard wine.