Monday, October 4, 2010

Sitios de Bodega Con Class Verdejo Rueda `07 D.O. $14.99 (Not TJ's) **(*)

I took a sip and went running to the internet. What the heck am I drinking?  What was that taste? JPH was busy cooking dinner, and he looked a bit quizzical as well when he tried a sip. It wasn't bad, it was, well, in a word, different. The internet told me that I was tasting Pink Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime.  I took another well chilled sip and said "Huh?" I get the pink grapefruit, but lemon and lime??? I shook my head and wondered if I was missing something.

My first sip was a surprise, a dry, puckering, citrusy (as yet undefined) mouth cleansing swallow. It is definitely a food wine.  I would go so far as to say it is a white fleshed fish in caper butter sauce wine. Or maybe scallops wrapped in bacon.  This wine does have a place at the table.  But it is for a very specific table.  On second sip, I got the pink grapefruit.  Yes, that is the predominant taste.  Serve it very well chilled is my advice.

Rueda, Spain is known for making crisp, dry, refreshing wine.  Which is a yes on all three for this wine, it is more of a well chilled August refreshing wine than a cold rainy NY October wine. But it could also be considered a bit of Summer in a glass were I feeling generous.

During dinner, I tasted the lime.  It really was a good wine to serve with the fresh porcini/bacon quiche that JPH threw together and the frisee salad that I put too much garlic in.  This was a meal of strong flavors, and this wine held up to them bravely.  It was a good clean palate cleanser in between alternate bites of garlic and porcini.

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