Fenestra, an estimable producer of obscure Spanish and Portugese varieties in California, does not disappoint with this Verdelho. Like a just-ripe pineapple, the wine is high in acidity and savory in strong tones of lemon and lime. Clean and fresh, it pairs well with seafood.
Verdelho is a grape from Iberia that the Aussies are increasingly working with. The lime and herb qualities in this offering are attractive, and the mouthfeel is slightly chalky, in a positive manner. Tangy, with a sweet-spicy finish, this is an appealing, somewhat softer alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Bright green-gold in color, with aromas as disparate as fresh green pea and chili spice. On the palate, there’s more fresh green peas (odd flavor, but pleasant) swimming in a sea of bright yellow fruit. Medium in body; finish is somewhat abrupt.
You could easily mistake this for a Sauvignon Blanc, with its lemonade-citrus aromas. It has intense lemon and lime flavors that skirt the edge of sweetness, but high acidity provides a tart edge of balance.
Offers good structure and juicy stone fruit at a giveaway price. This dry white is medium-sized, with straw and nut accents to its ripe stone fruit flavors. Offers meaty, nutty accents on the nose, too. A fine introduction to a variety that is just making its way in the U.S.
Lovely and aromatic, perfumed with summer daisy flowers, night-blooming jasmine, pineapples, apricots and vanilla flavors. With crisp, balancing acidity, it’s a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Best Buy.
Verdelho is one of those new varieties imported from old Europe that’s providing a badly needed shot in the arm for California, namely, the need for crisply acidic, dry whites. It’s a zesty, refreshing wine, with lemon-honey, peach and vanilla flavors.