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  • 2012 Uvas Felices Rueda El Perro Verde

    DW and I drank with chicken pad thai. This was the last of six bottles, and I opened this specifically because I thought it would work well with the Pad Thai.

    This met my expectations totally. This Rueda is extremely crisp and totally dry, with very strong citrus notes, primarily grapefruit and lime, set against a mineral base. Also some detectable floral notes in the background.

    This is probably too sharp to be a stand-alone quaffer, but it paired beautifully with the spicy pad thai. It also sailed through my "flabbiness" test. Wines that flunk the flabbiness test are whites that start out crisp and sharp, but as they warm up after opening lose the crispness, turn flabby, and in the worst cases turn phenolic. The green dog passed the flabbiness test with flying colors. After opening it not only stayed sharp, but began too show some added complexity, which is another of my markers for white wines.

    As mentioned previously this was the last of a six-bottle shipment. My overall commentary is that while this is not a complex or deeply structured wine, it is solidly made, without defects, and shows some complexity. Definitely a food wine, and properly paired it is delightful and wonderful QPR. Rated very good.

    At my price of $12.50/bottle this is an insanely good QPR, and if I see it offered again at that price I will easily be in for at least a case more.

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  • 2009 Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón Calatayud Alto Las Pizarras del Jalón

    Vinturied into a decanter. 15 minutes before dinner. Dinner was a spinach veggie pizza.

    Very enjoyable. After aeration flavor notes of strawberries and cherries dominate, with some undertones of leather, cedar and cinnamon. Fruit is forward, staring in front of the mouth and spreading to rear, with very good persistence. There are still some noes present as I type this, an hour after finishing the last pour after dinner.

    Very food friendly. Some distinct acidity, playing nicely off the pizza. This was the last of four bottles, and I will be on the lookout for more.

    Rated very good.

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