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Belle Espirt 2015 Estate Verdejo, Rogue Valley, $29
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.
Production: 59 cases