Castillo De Almansa Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc, Almansa, Spain (Alcohol 12.5%, Residual Sugar 6 g/l) LCBO $9.95 (750ml bottle)
I do enjoy finding an accessible crisp white wine, and this Verdejo/Sauvignon from the Almansa DO, located in the southeast of the province of Albacete (Castile-La Mancha), fits the bill perfectly. I enjoyed it alongside some simple pan-fried sole the other night, and it was simply delightful, especially when I gave the fish a good squeeze of lemon and a light dusting with sea salt, as this wine’s vibrant citrus (lemon/lime) complemented the dish to a tee.
It’s a damn fresh and frisky glass of wine, with a terrific purity of fruit that can only come from
cool cold, modern vinification practices. Much of the nose (and corresponding palate) is about lemon/lime/yellow grapefruit, with some notes of ripe orchard fruits (pear/apricot/peach/apple) and a hint of fines herbes. The light/medium-bodied palate is delightfully clean, crisp, and totally correct.
Today Jacky Blisson MW was writing in these pages about the pleasures of Verdejo from Rueda, and whilst this may not come from that particular region, it does show just how great value some Verdejo wines can be.
I’ll be buying more of this in the coming months, that’s for sure.
(Three and a half apples out of a possible five)
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