At the very beginning, Belondrade Y Lurton set out to make a top tier white wine from Spain and their Rueda is widely regarded as the level to aspire to. I think Luis Gutierrez from The Wine Advocate hit it on the head with his description of this vintage.
"What has to be one of the most elegant wines produced at this address,
the 2016 Belondrade y Lurton is not only one of the best whites in Rueda
but a true pioneer in the world of modern quality white wines from
Spain. It's pure Verdejo from different vineyard plots in the village of
La Seca that has been getting fine-tuned, especially when it comes to
the integration of the oak with the fruit. 2016 was not an easy year,
and they seem to have done a brilliant job. It's subtle, insinuating,
nuanced and fresh, with focused flavors and aromas and a very fresh
palate with terrific balance. It should age harmoniously in bottle.
Kudos to the Belondrade team for a truly great Rueda! - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, 93+ points.