In case you you were sitting at home this evening wondering what fifteen year old Verdejo tastes like (and I know your were) The Badger is on hand to enlighten you. Belondrade y Lurton were one of the Bodegas to put oaked Rueda Verdejo on the map. What baffles me however is how some of the very best producers still find the balance between oak and fruit such a challenge. 

Belondrade y Lurton Verdejo 2000 Rueda, Spain A deep, orange colour, which may well offer a grim premonition of tomorrow morning's trip to the lavatory. Over-ripe apricots, butter, green tea and furniture polish. This is mega-tasty in a way and still kicking at fifteen years of age, but the overwhelming sensation of oak means it could be anything from anywhere. Deliciously pointless. July 2015

Pesquera Reserva 1998 Ribera del Duero, Spain The Pesquera Reserva 98 opens with a dazzling array of aromatics that highlight the magical symbiosis between top notch wood and top notch fruit, when in the right hands. Sandalwood, incense, blackberries, woodsmoke, new leather, roses, coffee beans - if only I could bottle that aroma and spread it liberally upon the hind quarters of Mrs. Badger. Starts to fade a touch with extended time in the glass but very smooth, bright and sumptuous. An utter joy, at the peak of it's powers . What a wine to share with a friend, who, by the time I write this would have already deserted these shores. July 2015