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The White Stuff (Rueda, Spain)

Not too long ago, there was a region to the south-west of the Ribera del Duero that produced a wine very similar to that of Jerez. Just like their colleagues down south they grew palomino, a very fast ripening high yielding variety that they harvested early with plenty of acidity, and then made wine in the flor based solera system in the sun. That was until the Rioja winery Marques de Riscal came in search of a region to produce white wine, and found some very old indigenous verdejo vines. Seeing the potential for the wines here, they cultivated vines and began to produce crisp fresh white wines that captured the imagination and the palates of Spanish wine drinkers, particularly in warmer weather when full-bodied reds can be a little unforgiving. Soon the region flourished as more producers began producing wine in the region, particularly important people like Telmo Rodriguez, and suddenly Spain had found its new white wine region. The second wave occurred towards the end of the 1990s as some vintners began fermenting and ageing verdejo wines in barrels, and a new style was created.
The soils and stones of Rueda

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Protos – 22/06/2012

Verdejo 2011
Very vibrant aromatic, characteristic of the variety, sweaty concentrated passionfruit. Plenty of fruit and generosity on the palate, fresh easy, balanced, pretty good for 800,000 bottles per year. Simple yes but not bad at all. A bit of green grassy notes.

Barrica Verdejo 2010
Toastier vanilla lanolin with some richer fruit notes. Fuller body and texture but still very fresh simple and fruity. Slightly more character, but for the most part good quality commercial wines. A touch of creaminess and caramel notes, a hint of sweet spice notes. Lost the same aromatic compounds.

A Protos barrel, one of 16 used for the Barrica wine

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