This is an amazing summertime wine that will be perfect into the winter anytime you need a sunny pick-me-up. It’s crisp and fresh! It’s a youthful wine that will need to be enjoyed very soon after bottling. This wine hails from northern Spain in the Castilla y León region. Cava is usually made from Viura grapes. Verdejo is a very aromatic white that doesn’t get a lot of press here in the US. Needless to say it’s nice to see it represented here in the La Granja 360 2013 Verdejo Viura that can be found at your local Trader Joes for $5.
The La Granja 360 2013 Verdejo Viura comes in at a light 12% alcohol. The grapes are 30% Viura and 70% Verdejo. I’m sure that the wine was steel tank fermented. We chilled the wine to 45 degrees and used stemless white wine glasses for tasting. Our bottle was in great shape. Upon opening the bottle we were gifted with a bouquet of banana and anise. The color on the wine was a light straw yellow with a heavy citrine sheen.
The nose on the La Granja 360 2013 Verdejo Viura was very thick with banana and lemon. You heard me right, it’s bananarama! There are broad citrus tones, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, anise, fennel, and peach. It tastes very much like it smells with the addition of soft white florals, additional herbs, and fresh picked apricots. The finish was of medium length and filled with minerals, herbs, and dried citrus notes. The acidity was mouthwatering. Even writing this wine review is making me salivate. I used it to cook some shellfish before tasting it and surprisingly it was an excellent match.
This is an outstanding value for a very unique wine. It won’t be to everyone’s taste but it’s very different from your standard light crisp summer white. On the standard Wine Spectator scale we give it an 88. I’d also like to point out the wine is vegan! With it’s beautiful label it’s also a great conversation starter for parties!
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