Telmo Rodriguez, Spain

Basa Blanco DO Rueda, 2015



Grape Varieties: Verdejo and Viura

The 2015 Basa is a blend of 90% Verdejo with 10% Viura from limestone and gravel soils fermented in stainless steel and bottled unoaked. This is their 20th vintage in Rueda, and they have completely removed the Sauvignon from the blend in the last three/four years. They like the expression of Viura in Rueda, where the soils are quite appropriate for white wines. This is quite open and very clean, with the freshly cut grass aromas, hints of lemons and a touch of licorice. The palate is fresh and balanced, with the typical slightly bitter notes in the finish. Robert Parker: 90 points