Light bright yellow. Aromas of Meyer lemon and green apple are accented by suggestions of chalky minerals and sea salt. Dry and racy on the palate, offering lively citrus fruit and fresh fig flavors and a subtle touch of tarragon. Closes on a juicy note, featuring resonating stoniness and very good focus and length. The grassy, fresh, citrus aroma and flavor profile is quite similar to Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, except that with Oro de Castilla there's also a firm minerality that recalls the best examples of Sancerre. A great pair would be sockeye salmon, Mahi Mahi, or flounder simply pan-fried in a beurre blanc, or plank roasted. Salads with grilled chicken, asparagus or toasted almonds would also pair well, as well as soft, ripe cheese.
This estate’s verdejo grows on a mix of sand and river stones over limestone and clay. The wine ferments in stainless steel without added yeasts, then ages for three months in tank with daily stirring of the lees. The wine has a bright floral beauty, supple textures and lasting mineral notes in the end. It’s simple and lovely, a refreshing match for any raw shellfish.
- Wine & Spirits, 91 pts.