*Disclaimer: I received this bottle from WineQ because I am a member of their Beta Club.
This bottle of 2005 Barreto Cellars Verdelho came several shipments ago from WineQ and I have been very delinquent in reviewing it. It hails from the Lodi appellation on the Central Coast of California. It had a real cork closure, clocks in at 14.7% alcohol by volume, and can be purchased from WineQ for $14.99.
On the nose I found citrus, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and minerals. The nose was quite aromatic, you didn’t have to get too close to your glass to smell this one (hence, I didn’t end up with a nose full of wine this time!). In the mouth there were flavors of grapefruit, other citrus, peach, and tropical notes.
Overall the wine was tangy, very very crisp, acidic and a bit different than anything else I’ve had. I believe this is only my second Verdelho, so I’m still not sure quite what to expect from them, but I really like them. I think this would be a great choice for appetizers at all those upcoming holiday parties as the grapefruit flavors are quite strong and palate cleansing and would do well up against creamy dips and cheeses.