A Screaming Summer Value!

A Screaming Summer Value!

Posted on Jul, 26. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

We’ve got so much good stuff to share with you this week — let’s get started! Today’s offer is another “best of show” example from a recent portfolio tasting from another of our top distributors, this time Elite Wines. While their portfolio is smaller than some, they really scour the globe and uncover a number of new/innovative/exciting brands doing great things. Among the 70+ wines I tasted at their event a few months ago, this one stood out as a perfect summer offering; due to some logistical issues we haven’t been able to offer it yet, but those have finally been resolved and we’re thrilled to finally bring it to you.

Castelo de Medina is a relatively new winery in the Rueda region of northwestern Spain, having been founded only in 1996. They geography is high plains (roughly 2000 feet elevation), with calcaerous soils. The winery offers a range of red and white varietals, but their Verdejo is their flagship wine. Verdejo has been grown in this region for hundreds of years, and while it is planted and vinified in other areas of Spain, most believe Rueda is where it is best expressed.

By now many of you have been exposed to Verdejo, either on your own or in some of our recent Wednesday tastings. Its profile is great for summer consumption — light, fruity, nice acidity, and some balance when done well — a perfect match for the lighter fare and warm temperatures of summer. Certainly the varietal has become more popular in recent years, with the emergence of Spain as a source of great wine values. While I’ve tasted maybe a dozen of these this summer (including a handful at the Elite tasting alone), the 2009 Castelo de Medina Verdejo struck me as maybe the best I’ve ever had.

Despite having to wait a few months, we had their rep visit our offices last week to re-taste me on this wine (and a few others of interest) and introduce them to Will. I was thrilled when Will shared my enthusiasm for it — our combined tasting note would read something like:

Nice sweet fruit on the vibrant nose. Great ripe tropical fruit on the palate — in the pineapple/mango range. Incredible concentration and acidity — like a NZ Sauvignon Blanc in terms of fruit primacy, grassiness, vibrant acidity and zip. And under $10? Outstanding!

Unlike most Verdejo that are blended with Viura and other lesser grapes, this wine is 100% Verdejo and just screams with pure varietal character. While we couldn’t locate any other public tasting notes on this wine, the Wine Advocate recommended the 2007 vintage of this wine as a “great value under $25” in its Feb 2009 issue dedicated to that topic.

While this is another summer white wine, it’s quite different than anything I can recall offering of late. The fruit is so ripe and the acidity so vibrant that the single adjective that comes to mind to describe it is simply “exciting”. And what’s even better, is that this excitement can be had at a price that everyone can appreciate:

2009 Castelo de Medina Verdejo, Rueda, Spain
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $8.80 • Premier Cru: $9.20 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $12.00
Buy Now!

This wine is such a screaming value that everyone really ought to try some — Will and I are convinced you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

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