Here’s a dry, crisp, apple-and-citrus Verdejo that’s stony and good from head to toe. In the mouth, it’s wet, juicy and biting, while the flavors of green fruits, lemon, celery, fresh lettuce and sweet bell pepper are tangy and fresh. Quite nice for a 100,000-case, $10 quaffer.
Get at this wine while it’s still fresh and you’ll likely enjoy its pineapple, apple and mango essence. It’s a bit plump and oily in terms of feel, but overall it gets things right as it pours on the fresh pineapple on both the palate and finish. Imported by Luneau USA Inc. Best Buy.
While we’d suggest waiting for the 2007 to hit the market, this softer-styled wine is showing mature melon, tropical fruit and bee’s wax aromas in front of mild citrus, lemon and pineapple flavors. It has a medium-weight body and almost a honeyed roundness. Drink now.
A bit overblown, with punch bowl aromas and flabby, semisweet grapefruit and tangerine flavors. Would be better if more steely and acidic; as is, it’s tasty and game, but maybe too full and round.
Nice and fresh, and definitely the best vintage of Analivia we’ve tasted to date. The nose bursts with floral aromas, apricot, apple and minerality, while the palate is clean as a whistle, with apple, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Slightly pithy on the finish, but that’s normal for Verdejo from Rueda.
This is mustardy smelling, with salad-like aromas. It feels round, plump and a little heavy, with spiced apple and mild citrus flavors. Chunky in feel and briny in taste on the finish. Not as good as past vintages.
Two years in a row this has been a subpar wine. Mealy nectarine aromas are barely adequate, while the palate is sour and finishes bitter. Not a foul experience, but unexciting and not really worth a look.