This is one of Spain's true artisanal gems. The original majuelo (plot) of Martínsancho is less than an acre of gnarled, ancient Verdejo vines that were planted in the 17th century.
Bodegas Angel Rodriguez Martinsancho Verdejo 2015, Rueda, Spain
PRESS: Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 points. "Light straw. Strikingly pungent nose shows an energetic citrus and herb personality underscored by zesty minerality; this smells like top-notch Sancerre. Crisp lemon-lime and quince flavors are finely etched and uncommonly concentrated, with a bitter citrus pith quality extending through the finish. Very pretty wine."
Producer: Bodegas Angel Rodriguez
Country Hierarchy: Castilla y Leon, Spain
Grape/Blend: 100% Verdejo
Alcohol Content: 13%
Wine Style: White - Green and Flinty
Food Suggestion: They suggested pairing it with seafood casserole or weisswurst with sauerkraut.
Colour: Pale straw
Aroma: Fragrant yellow grapefruit bouquet with hints of honeysuckle, pineapple and cantaloupe. (We regularly hear comparisons with Riesling & Sauvignon on the nose)
Taste: Light bodied, slightly acidic and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a tart yellow grapefruit with notes of minerality and hints of lemon and tangerine. The finish is rather dry, fresh and subtle. This panel suggested that fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc would enjoy this wine.
Production of MartínSancho is under 2,000 cases.