2017 BODEGAS MARTINSANCHO VERDEJO 90VM
Castilla y Leon , Spain$20.99ea
$17.99ea mix 6 or more *6SAVES3*
100% Verdejo. A highly extractive and minerally complex Verdejo with excellent aging capacity and a perennial hallmark wine for the region. Grapes are destemmed, crushed, and allowed to macerate on the skins prior to pressing. The free-run juice, representing just 40% of the grape mass, is settled in tanks for 24-48 hours before racking and fermentation using the indigenous yeasts. Wine is held on the fine lees until clarification and bottling in March or April following the vintage.
Angel Rodríguez saved the shy-bearing, thick-skinned Verdejo through loving refusal to uproot his 17th-century vineyard, Martínsancho. For his untiring efforts in favor of reestablishing Verdejo's prominence in its region of origin he was officially honored by King Juan Carlos. The majuelo (plot) of Martínsancho is less than an acre of gnarled vines, preserved in isolation as a museum of pre-phylloxera viticulture and as a continuing source of undisputed varietal authenticity, treasured by nurseries throughout Europe. In 1976, Angel regrafted 25 acres of his best vineyard, using Martínsancho cuttings. The alluvial soil is pure gravel to a depth of over 30 feet. The harsh continental climate and extreme altitude of Old Castile, together with the soil's austere inhospitality to all types of insects and bacteria, allow for the practice of completely organic viticulture.
Tasting Note: Serious, complex, delicious Verdejo for a steal. If you have never had a Verdejo, here is one of the best from the region from a vineyard that has been planted for centuries on this site. If you have and don't see them often, jump on this ASAP! Ripe citrus, peach, and crushed stone minerality, floral and garden herb notes add depth and further complexity. Excellent!
90 pts Vinous
Brilliant straw-yellow. Musky citrus pith and succulent herb aromas, along with building floral and mineral accents. Juicy and open-knit, showing good depth and clarity to the ripe Meyer lemon, white peach and pear flavors. The herbal and floral notes repeat on a long, smooth, lively finish that shows no rough edges.