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Rafael Palacios, Louro

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Rafael Palacios, Louro

Glorious Godello, Galicia’s greatest grape?

Green Galicia is Spain’s northwest corner, and home to its best whites.  Fashionable Albariño from coastal Rías Baixas gets most of the attention, but it has a rival for the title of Galicia’s (and Spain’s) best white grape: the much less well-known Godello, which grows further inland and is the dominant variety in Valdeorras, Galicia’s highest and easternmost DO.
Rafael Palacios is the master of Godello, with his top wines As Sortes and Sorte O Soro acclaimed as perhaps the best whites in all Spain.  Louro is his midrange wine, one step down from As Sortes.  It’s still the finest Spanish white we’ve ever tasted, coming over like a cross between Premier Cru white Burgundy and top-notch dry Vouvray.
Herbs and minerals abound in the fabulously fragrant, slightly honeyed nose; there’s a finely-chiselled concentration to the intense orchard fruit and ripe citrus flavours; and terrific backloaded acidity lifts and lengthens the cleansing finish.

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Full-bodied and subtly oaked, this is a powerful wine that should be served warmer than usual for whites, just like the white Burgundies it resembles: around 12°C.  Give the pouch five minutes out of the fridge to warm before pouring.  If you drink it too cold you won’t get the fabulous nose.
Godello is a very reductive variety (which is partly why its wines age so well) and this wine showed noticeable reduction when first opened.  It wasn’t obviously stinky, but the fruit was muted and the nose dominated by those characteristic bruised petals.  It really opened up with air.  Your pouch should be fine, but if you join me in buying some bottles of this it would be a shame not to enjoy them at their best.  So decant them as far in advance as you can (at least an hour).
Perfect poise and balance make this exquisite on its own.  But Rafael aims to craft gastronomic wines, and it will be even better with food.  Pair with heartier fish and seafood dishes, especially those in cream or herb sauces (like sauce verte) that will echo flavours in the wine.  Delia has a classic recipe for sauce verte here, but I also like the bolder flavours of this one, and not just because of the suggested wine pairing!

about this wine

AppellationValdeorras DO
Treixadura / Trajadura
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Rafael Palacios
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