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Wine of the week: Ipsum 2008

Ipsum_Rueda_Hermanos del Villar Cheap Spanish white wines are often a crapshoot. Quality varies considerably from vintage to vintage and even solid producers seem to pay less attention than they should when the wines get made.

Which is why the Wine Curmudgeon didn ?t expect much from the Ipsum (about $10), a blend of verdejo and viura from northern Spain. Which goes to show why one must always taste the wine before judging. Ipsum, from the respected Ole Imports and made by Hermanos del Villar, was much better than I expected it to be. It's fruit forward (mostly citrus), but not overwhelmingly so. It has lots and lots of Spanish minerality, probably from the limestone that the grapes grow in.

Highly recommended, and a candidate for the $10 Hall of Fame. Serve chilled with chicken and rice, paella or just about anything with saffron.

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3 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Ipsum 2008

  • By Devon Aston - Reply

    Dear Sirs,
    During my last visit to Spain, I have tasted and enjoyed some very interesting wines.
    I would like to buy these wines:
    LIVIUS TEMPRANILLO 100%
    LIVIUS GRACIANO 100%
    LIVIUS GARNACHA 100%
    The name of the winery: BODEGAS Y VI??EDOS ALVAR
    Do you have them available?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards

  • By Jeff Siegel - Reply

    Don’t sell wines here, Devon.. only write about then. So I can’t help you out.

  • By Kevin Connors - Reply

    Have you ever tasted a Godello white wine from Spain? If so which was the best you tasted?
    Kevin

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