legaris_verdejoThe 2013 Legaris Verdejo is 100% Verdejo sourced from vineyards in the Province of Valladolid inside the Rueda DO in northwest central Spain near Portugal. Verdejo is THE grape of Rueda and has been grown in the region for over 1,000 years. This Verdejo was fermented in stainless steel vats, then racked (racking is transferring the wine from a barrel or vat to a new clean barrel or vat) and then aged 2 months “on lees” (with the dead yeast and grape residue) in the new vats. This wine is very simply produced, pick good grapes and let the true nature of the grapes shine. The alcohol content is 12%.

The color is almost completely clear. The nose is full and rich, peaches, ripe apple and pear, with a floral edge. It has a silky mouthfeel, while still retaining a crisp, clean nature. It tastes of apple, pears and lemon. The acidity waits until the mid-palate to kick in, along with a slap of minerality which is a good counter-point to the rich fruit and citrus flavors. The finish is long, full and clean.

The 2013 Legaris Verdejo is White wine you should known, rich, ripe fruit and citrus, well-balanced, with palate cleansing acidity that does not go overboard and allows this wine to drink well and a solid bit of minerality to add some structure and texture. In other words a very solid summer wine, serve it with seafood or summer salads, it has the body and flavor to stand up to a wide variety of cuisines or just drink it, it tastes great. Put a little chill on the bottle before you pop the top, but not too much. If you put a White wine on ice for too long, you will mask the subtle flavors, so go easy with the refrigerator.

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