Belle Espirt 2015 Estate Verdejo, Rogue Valley, $29

By on December 11, 2017

More Spanish grapes – red and wine – are finding a worthy home in Southern Oregon. Belle Fiore, a property reminiscent of something on the Siliverado Trail, is pursuing this Rueda variety in a crisp style under its Belle Esprit label. Verdejo makes up a tiny portion of the Kerwins’ 31-acre vineyard, and this lot was harvested on Oct. 2 from these 6-year-old vines. Fascinating aromas of lemon pepper and herbed cracker are joined by starfruit and jicama notes. Done in stainless steel, the pleasing mouth feel of melon followed by sweet lemon in the finish screams for oysters, Chicken Alfredo or a flatbread with white sauce, artichokes and asparagus. The winery also suggests serving it with scallops, clams, halibut or calamari.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 59 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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