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Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda Blancotext

Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda Blanco 2020

Rueda, Castilla-Leon, SpainFrom my short list of can't-miss wines year in and year out comes Basa, a gift from winemaker Telmo Rodriguez to consumers. It is a medium-bodied blend of verdejo/viura from Rueda that is reminiscent of sauvignon blanc but slightly richer and less exuberantly fruity. There is plenty of mandarin, peach, melon, and spice with a juicy, tangy, chalky texture and minerality. Good value. Real wine. Basa is one of the pioneering Rodriguez wines meant to express the grape, in this case, verdejo, that has adapted to a continental climate to become a fresh and expressive Spanish white. It is also a key label in quantity produced that has enabled Telmo to go about his goal of redefining Spanish wine. The fruit comes from four villages: La Seca, Serrrada, Pozaldez, and Foncastín, and the blend is 90% verdejo and 10% viura.Tasted: 29 January 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$29.99750mlselect private retailers
AB$20.00750mlselect private retailers
ON$18.99750mlconsignment - Lifford Wine Agency
MB$20.00750mlBanville and Jones
Producer: Compañia de Vinos Telmo RodriguezDistributors: Select Wines & Spirits
Blend: Verdejo - Viura - Sauvignon BlancCSPC: 586016UPC: 08420759900017