2006 Bodegas Pedro Escudero Platon Valdelainos Verdejo Rueda

($11; includes 3% viura) Light gold. Grassy and citrussy in a Sancerre way (I'd actually have guessed that, blind), with vibrant mineral and herb tones. Firm, focused and juicy, with precise citrus and mineral flavors, light weight and a long, spicy finish. Really outstanding for the money.


2006 Bodegas Pedro Escudero Platon Fuente Elvira Verdejo Rueda

($14) Yellow-gold. Ripe pear and peach on the nose, plus exotic floral and mineral accents. Brighter in the mouth, displaying pink grapefruit and quince fruit tones deepened by musky herbs and blonde tobacco. Finishes firm and stony, with excellent length.


2005 Bodegas Pedro Escudero Platon Fuente Elvira Verdejo Fermentado en Barrica Rueda

($22) Medium gold. Ripe, smoky nose aromas of exotic tropical and pit fruits. Quite rich, with spicy pineapple and peach flavors, a chewy texture and a hint of dryness on the finish. Is this too rich for its own good? It needs food, for sure. (Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA)

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