This is the first Verdejo wine produced from La Mancha, the traditional region of Tempranillo. The vines, planted in 1998, grew on 34 acres, at an altitude of 1980 ft above the sea level. The sandy soils (that goes over 3 ft deep), are supported by large river stones, with a lot of iron, clay and chalk. Vines are facing very cold winters and hot summers with cool nights and not enough rain.
Rafael, the Spanish enologist, is excited to work with the Verdejo grape in this conditions and the result in the bottle speaks about his carefully nourishing approach. Paso a Paso, at $9.99 price tag, could be considered the best value Verdejo. The same wine, typically coming from Rueda, averages $ 13.00-$14.00 a bottle.
Medium yellow color with lemony aromas. Crisp and refreshing white wine that shows mineral and citrus fruits notes. The La Mancha soil, that gives its wines from Tempranillo a typical smokiness, could be slightly detected even in this Verdejo. Acidity is nicely balanced and Paso a Paso has a lovely, long finish. Refreshing white wine to be sipped on the porch on hot nights.
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 10.00
Ideal food pairing:
Salads with lemony dressings, seafood dishes, tapas…