2018 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Verdejo
Our 2018 Verdejo has Spring written all over it: lots of citrus flavors and a pop of green apple fruitiness. Wonderful with shellfish, fresh green salads and a sunny spot on the front porch.
Verdejo, the iconic Spanish white grape, thrives in our Dunnigan Hills terroir. The varietal is known for being bright and lively and the 2018 Tinto Rey is all that and more. The aromatics are a burst of fresh fruit; flavors of green apple, lime zest and lemon are framed with a creaminess from barrel aging. The finish is crisp and refreshing with a little pop of minerality.
The Verdejo is always the first to be harvested on our estate. We pick in the early morning hours both by hand and machine. A portion of the grapes were whole cluster pressed. Then the wine was fermented in neutral oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. Barrel fermented lots were aged 5 months in neutral oak to increase complexity and mouthfeel, resulting in a wine that is crisp and refreshing with great complexity and mouthfeel. Here in the United States, Verdejo is hard to come by, but this Spanish grape is well suited for the Mediterranean climate in our Dunnigan Hills.
Perfect as an aperitif, this racy white wine pairs well with creamy cheeses, spicy shrimp or a salmon salad.