2016 Belondrade Y Lurton Verdejo, Belondrade y Lurton, Rueda, Spain
The Belondrade y Lurton is Verdejo barrel-fermented with indigenous yeast and aged for ten months in oak barrels. Subtly smoky with aromas of toasted bread, sunflower seeds and almonds, with hints of complexity and wonderful elegance. The palate reveals a medium-bodied wine with good structure, full flavours, refreshing acidity with the telltale bitter finish of the Verdejo. Very recognizable as Verdejo and Rueda, though a barrel fermented version. This is a subtle, elegant Rueda like few others and is a revelation!
"What has to be one of the most elegant wines produced at this address, the 2016 Belondrade y Lurton is not only one of the best whites in Rueda but a true pioneer in the world of modern quality white wines from Spain. It's pure Verdejo from different vineyard plots in the village of La Seca that has been getting fine-tuned, especially when it comes to the integration of the oak with the fruit. 2016 was not an easy year, and they seem to have done a brilliant job. It's subtle, insinuating, nuanced and fresh, with focused flavors and aromas and a very fresh palate with terrific balance. It should age harmoniously in bottle. Kudos to the Belondrade team for a truly great Rueda!" Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate.