Ipsum Rueda is a wine made by Bodegas Hermanos del Villar in the Rueda DO region. Ipsum means ‘itself’ in Latin. By design, Ipsum is always un-oaked to emphasize the natural flavors of the grapes. As winemaker and proprietor Pablo del Villar explains, one sixth of Rueda’s vineyards are considered the best quality terroir; all of his vineyards are within this area. At Hermanos del Villar, the focus of the wine growing and winemaking is the personality of the place rather than the personality of the winemaker. The winemaking philosophy is to let the vineyards find direct expression, showing vibrant fruit, purity and a mineral identity. You could call Pablo’s wines “crushed liquid stones.” In English, Rueda means ‘wheel,’ similar to the big wheel on the label.
International Wine Cellar 88 Points
Light yellow-gold. Pear, nectarine and melon on the fragrant nose, with notes of anise and honey adding complexity. Smooth and gently spicy palate of fresh orchard fruit flavors and a hint of herbs. Turns spicier with air, finishing with solid punch and a hint of tarragon.-JR