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Spanish whites part 2: Rueda October 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

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Second lot of Spanish whites (first is here), this time majoring on what could stake a claim (along with Rias Baixas & Valdeorras) to be Spain’s finest white wine region.

Hermanos Lurton Rueda Verdejo 2009, Spain (~£8)
Reminds me of Bordeaux Sauvignon with its slightly nutty citrus and tinned pear flavours and smoky finish. B(-)

Vega de la Reina Rueda Verdejo 2008, Spain (£7.99 Majestic)
Fleshier version of the above, with quite plump rhubarb flavours on top of the tinned pear, still has crispness and zest and a backbone of tangy acidity to keep it from being wobbly. B(+)

Tresolmos Rueda Verdejo 2009, Spain (£7.50 The Wine Society)
Fuller and more complex than the previous 2 , with a Vicotria plum character along side the pear character, a touch of fresh bread dough and clean fresh finish. B+

Hermanos Lurton Cuesta de Oro Rueda Verdejo 2008, Spain (~£14)
Confident young wine, initially showing of its smoky vanilla oak character but then opening up with exotic apricot, guava and passionfruit flavours vying with keener, cleaner, apple, rhubarb & plum for attention, and adding in a touch of honey for good measure. Fleshy but restrained, still with its best to come. S(-)

Bodega François Lurton De Puta Madre Vino de Mesa 2006, Rueda, Spain (~£12 per 50cl)
Fascinating wine, off-dry (21 g/l residual sugar if you’re into stats), and feels like it’s been aged in a oxidative manner. Comes across like old-style white Rioja-like in its dry, rich nuttiness, but then the ripe pear, apple and raisin fruit kicks in, The finish combines honeyed richness with a tangy citrus acidity. Intriguing stuff. S(+)

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