Well dear reader! This wine was a bit of a mystery to me, both in variety and where the hell exactly it was made, but thanks to my extraordinary powers of deduction (i.e. using the Internet) I was able to find out. Kinda makes you wonder how Sherlock Holmes did it all those years ago.

...What do you mean Sherlock Holmes wasn't real.

Next thing you'll be telling me that I'll be wasting my time come Hallowe'en waiting for The Great Pumpkin.

Anyway! The story how I even came to buy this wine is quite the tale indeed. A long time ago, in a liquor store far, far away (actually just around and down the street) I came across this bottle sitting in the corner of a shelf, calling to me...primarily because it was discounted. So I bought it.

Turns out I've never tried this variety of grape with which this wine was made which - only by looking on the back of the bottle - did I find out was made with the verdejo variety of white grape in a region named Rueda, in Spain. This area of Spain has been producing wine since the 11th century (egads!) and is known for producing this grape variety, which originally originated from North Africa. And now it produced this bottle for my table.

Nice to see a detailed cork as always, it gave a light yellow apple juice colour, with sweet fragrant notes of apples in the nose (perfect for Fall).

Upon taste, it is indeed medium bodied and smooth, without any hint of sharpness, and is fairly buttery, a little woody, not terribly sweet, and frankly, almost a little flat. Well...hmm...flat might be too harsh, it just doesn't have that zing that other varieties of whites have, and is certainly dry.

The aftertaste left a little hint of apple reverberating.

Meh. It was fairly nice, nothing astounding, but paired with the right food (perhaps something a little strong or spicy, so this wine could take the edge off?), it could be much better than on its own. It might not have been the limousine of white wines, but at least, oh, a nice Buick?

**3/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$15.00 (US$14.24).


LCBO/Vintages #153742
Wine, White Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Rueda, Spain
By: Vinos De Los Herederos Del Marqués De Riscal

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