Hermanos del Villar 2018 'Oro de Castilla' Verdejo, Rueda DO
Item Number: 12854
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Castilla y Leon
Appellation/AVA: Rueda DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Verdejo
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: River stones and sand with limestone and clay subsoil
Elevation: 2,359 feet
Oro de Castilla is a wine made by Bodegas Hermanos del Villar in the Rueda DO region. Made in a classic style, Oro de Castilla showcases the bright, fresh and mineral flavors of the Verdejo grape. It has been been called “a textbook Verdejo” by renowned wine critic Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Mr. Raynolds isn't the only one; many people consider Oro de Castilla a reference point Verdejo. In its certification class for SWE (Spanish Wine Educator), The Spanish Wine Academy presents Oro de Castilla as a “best example” Verdejo for its section on the Rueda region.
Winemaking Notes: Harvest takes place during the cool night hours to maximize the aromatic expression of the Verdejo grape. The destemming process happens in the vineyard. At the winery, the juice is kept at a cold temperature to avoid oxidation. A slow fermentation is employed utilizing native yeast. After fermentation, there is no malolactic fermentation in order to retain the wine's fresh acidity. The wine ages in stainless steel tanks for 3 months, with daily stirring of the lees to enhance the texture and mouthfeel of the wine. After aging, the wine is filtered and bottled.
Tasting Notes: The grassy, fresh, citrus aroma and flavor profile is quite similar to Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, except that with Oro de Castilla there's also a firm minerality that recalls the best examples of Sancerre. Try pairing this wine with salmon, mahi mahi or flounder. Salads with grilled chicken, asparagus or toasted almonds would also pair well, as well as soft, ripe cheeses.