Ángel Rodríguez

Martinsancho Verdejo Rueda – 2021

Region: Spain - Castilla y Leon

Ángel Rodríguez

Ángel Rodríguez Vidal belonged to a family of winegrowers and winemakers from La Seca with a winemaking tradition that dates back to 1780.

Martínsancho is Ángel Rodríguez’ mid 19th-century vineyard in the Rueda. This special vineyard and Ángel himself are responsible for the preservation of Rueda’s indigenous Verdejo grape. Planted in 1972, cuttings from this special vineyard were used in 1976 to establish a 10.11 ha (25-acre) vineyard planted in the traditional head-pruned fashion and dry-farmed. Low yield “Verdejo” produces wines with a delicate floral nose, viscosity, a long finish.

Ángel is one of the founders of Denominación de Origen Rueda, which was established in 1980. In recognition of his dedication to the preservation of this variety, he was awarded the Cruz de la Orden Civil del Merito Agrícola by King Juan Carlos in 1982.

Today, the winery is run by his daughter, the winemaker Mª Concepcion Rodriguez, who makes wine with the same spirit and love of the vineyard as her father.  In 2022 the vineyards were certified organic. Her sons, Arturo and Eduardo spent many long days with their grandfather Ángel in the vineyard learning his passion for viticulture and the basics of goblet pruning. Eduardo is currently studying a master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology at the prestigious University of Montpellier, France.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Historic 17th century estate vineyard in La Seca, Valladolid, D.O. Rueda.

  • Altitude: 480 – 600 meters
  • Vineyard Area: 25 acres
  • Soils: Alluvial gravel, over 30 feet deep
  • Vines Planted: Regrafted in 1976 from cuttings from 17th century
  • Vine Training System: Head-pruned
  • Dry farmed
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in cool of evening
  • Whole clusters destemmed, maceration on skins to extract aromas
  • Gently pressed
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts at 14º C for 18 – 20 days
  • Aged on fine lees for 4 months before bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Angel Rodriguez was awarded the Cross of the Civil Order of Agricultura for reestablishing the Verdejo variety’s prominence in the region of origin by King Juan Carlos. Concentrated citrus and mineral aromas. Notes of Mediterranean herbs and juicy yellow fruit with stony complexity on the palate, finishing with refreshing, peristent acidity.

Wine Summary

100% Verdejo; alcohol: 13%; 17th century vineyard in La Seca, Valladolid, D.O. Rueda at 480 – 600 meters; alluvial gravel soils over 30 feet deep; head-pruned, dry farmed vines; hand harvested, destemmed and macerated on skins prior to pressing; fermented at 14º C for 18 – 20 days; aged on fine lees 4 months before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Verdejo
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 6.18 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/l

Reviews

91 Points

This white gold colored Verdejo opens with a lime and white peach bouquet with hints of yellow grapefruit and quince. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with integrated medium acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, round and bright. The flavor profile is a lime and stony minerality blend with notes of white peach and quince. We also detected some hints of saline and ginger. The finish is dry and refreshing. I would pair this Verdejo with oysters or even fried clams.

Ken's Wine Guide, June, 2023

90 Points

BEST BUY

Pale straw to the eye, this wine offers aromas of peach, green apple and a hint of petrol. Dried herb notes and a touch of mint sit side by side with pineapple, passion fruit and nectarine flavors set into a vein of expressive acidity that lingers in the mouth.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2023

16.5 Points

40-year-old vines.
Firm and friendly with admirable fruit and refreshment. Firm undertow of the grape variety. Quite substantial. 2023 – 2025

JancisRobinson.com, December, 2023

93 Points

The 2021 Verdejo Rueda, from the DO Rueda, presents a yellow hue. It features aromas of green apple and white flowers over a layer of peach. Dry and concentrated on the palate, the intense flavors and refreshing mouthfeel linger long on the fruit notes. This is a flavorful and compact expression of Rueda. 2024 – 2029

Vinous, February, 2024

General Info

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION Castilla Y León
APPELLATION D.O. Rueda (La Seca)
PROPRIETORS The Rodriguez family
FOUNDED 1972
WINEMAKER Mª Concepcion Rodriguez
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,083 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Certified Organic