It's been a while since we've done an LCBO finds post, but now that our outdoor festival is done, we're back at it. Oh... before I go further, a big thanks to those who came out!
When you think of Spanish wines, you probably think of Tempranillo or Grenache (Garnacha), and for whites, Albariño. Wines of Rioja and Galicia (where you find Albariño) have graced our markets for years in abundance. So it isn't often that you hear your average wine lover talking about the Verdejo grape of Spain, but today we are.
About Garciarévalo Finca Tres Olmos Lias Verdejo 2020
First things first, this lovely white sipper is made from a grape called Verdejo.
The Verdejo grape originated in North Africa and was brought to Rueda, Spain, around the 11th Century. Since its advent in the region, the grape has never looked back.
Verdejo is generally a lively zippy white wine, with thriving acidity, herb, and vegetal notes for just the right amount of intricacy, but given the grape's versatility, you will also see it made in styles involving oak aging, and fortification (Dorado).
The style of our Garciarévalo Finca Tres Olmos Lias Verdejo 2020 is that young, zippy and light style and my preferred for this grape. Scents of apricot, green apple, lime, pear, white flowers, bay leaf, and flint on the nose, followed by lemon zest, grapefruit, steely minerality, chive, mauby bark, and fennel on the palate. The time spent on lees (5 months) further elevates this young wine's complexity and textures in the mouth.
At only $13.95, the Garciarévalo Finca Tres Olmos Lias Verdejo 2020 is a complete winner for summer patios, food inclusive or not!
About Finca Garciarévalo
Garciarévalo was founded in 1991 by Benicio Garcia and Jose Antonio Arévalo. The vineyard celebrates its own microclimate, placed between the Adaja and Eresmes rivers. To be specific, it is in the area where the distance between the two rivers is the shortest (Metapozuelos). Climates here are much cooler than Rueda as a whole, adding to this wine's aging potential, and its refreshing acidity.
Our wine today was made from 25 year old vines.