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2010 Hermanos Lurton Rueda Verdejo 

Castilla y LeOn, Spain

$12-$15 Retail

This Hermanos Lurton Verdejo offers a light-style alternative to chardonnay and other white wines during warm weather. From the historic Rueda DO (denominacion de origen) in northern Spain's Castilla y Leon region, the wine is a blend of 85 percent verdejo, 10 percent sauvignon blanc and 5 percent viura (also known as macabeo), one of the three grapes traditionally used in Spain's sparkling cavas. The wine was fermented in oak barrels, followed by three months aging on fine lees in stainless steel tanks. The vineyard's low yields produce concentrated aromas and flavors, beginning with tangerine, cantaloupe, tropical fruit and floral bouquets. On the palate, taste nuances of peach, apricot, grapefruit, green apple, mineral and herbal notes, a hint of spiciness and a crisp finish. Drink it with oysters, grilled scallops, shrimp bisque, fish, pastas with cream sauces and tapas. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets.

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