In my last post, I wrote about the Rueda region and the Verdejo grape. In this one -- a review of the Basa Verdejo, an amazing version of this unique white!
The Wine: 2011 Basa Verdejo
The Blend: 85% Verdejo, 10% Viura and 5% Sauvignon Blanc
The Alcohol: 12.5%
Color: Golden and a little brassy, the darker color is from the grape not from any oak aging -- this is made in 100% stainless steel.
Smell: So fresh! Jasmine tea and white flowers, lemons, grapefruit, minerals, and wet rocks or a waterfall came to mind.
Taste: Much more than meets the nose, this wine was medium to full bodied and was like liquid silk the way it kind of rolled around my mouth. There was a touch of bitterness, like from the skin of an almond (taste it next time you pop an almond and you'll know what I'm talking about). With a reasonable but not overpowering amount of acid, this wine was like a silky Sauvignon Blanc with a little more floral and mineral flavor.
Food Pairing: Bring on the light fish, tortilla Española (a Spanish omelet), and light pasta dishes. This could stand up to chicken in an herb rub and could even be a contender for Thanksgiving wine -- it would be great with turkey, potatoes, and even green beans.
Drink or Sink: Drink! The texture of this wine makes it outstanding. I love this wine. So high quality and I just wanted to keep drinking it. Even writing about it has me dying for a sip now (no cracks inside your head about how I'm an alcoholic, I always wait until noon!).