Bodegas Pedro Escudero Verdejo “Valdelagunde Cuvee Especial”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- One of the rare top-flight examples of Verdejo in the market.
- Real intensity here, and this stuff will age for some years if you are patient enough. Sourced from the best blocks of the family’s old vine site in La Seca.
Varietal Composition: 100% Verdejo
Elaboration: Partially fermented in French and American oak, partially in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 17° C, and for a small part fermentation is stopped prematurely, in order to keep some natural sweetness in the wine.
Tasting Notes: Yellow straw color. intense and complex, with lots of fruit, hinting of aniseed and vanilla. Full-bodied and round, rich and complex, some sweetness, very long finish.
Pedro Escudero carries the torch for what is a long family tradition of growing Verdejo and Viura grapes in Rueda. He has long been known as an authority when it comes to natural winegrowing, and bottling wine under the family name is a relatively new development. Pedro’s relatively new (but classic) winery will greet you on your left as you drive South out of the village of La Seca. Family plantings sit in close proximity to the winery itself, most of which lie within the famously rocky estate they’ve named “Fuente Elvira.” With 65 hectares of Verdejo and 10 hectares of Viura under wine, “Fuente Elvira” is one of the most notorious sites in the entire DO for those seeking crystalline, modern, energy-packed examples of Rueda.