Rueda DO, Spain; 12.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 July
I initially wanted to order this wine after having liked the Pata Negra 2005 Gran Reserva (Valdepeñas DO). When it showed up, I thought its darker yellow color did not bode well. However, after Seedboy wrote of it, “Delicious, full bodied, balanced white wine,” I got one to try. In this case, I disagree with him.
I found the wine damaged by oxidation. It tasted of over-ripe yellow apple / pineapple, with sort of sherry-like aftertaste. I agree with “full-bodied,” but I think it’s not very well balanced. The next day, it was still pretty much the same, so, whatever may have happened to it, it’s not on a fast downward slope.