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Rafael Palacios Louro Godello Valdeorras, 2017

$24.00
Rafael Palacios Louro Godello Valdeorras, 2017

Rafael Palacios Louro Godello Valdeorras, 2017

$24.00
description

100% Godello

As quaffable and enjoyable as Godello can be from Valdeorras, it rarely
reaches the level of richness, balance and complexity as it does in the
hands of Rafael Palacios. Having left his family’s estate in Rioja in 2004,
Rafa settled in the Val do Bibei, a rugged, weathered and off the beaten
path sub-zone of Valdeorras. Bordering Ribera Sacra, the Val do Bibei is
a tortured landscape of granitic, terraced slopes dotted with hard to reach
and hard to farm vineyard plots. Whereas most of the rest of the DO is
at lower elevation with limestone and schist soils, Rafa works exclusively
with Godello planted on granitic soils at much higher elevations – so high
that late Spring snow present an ever present danger to his already low
yields. Locally these plots are known as sorte, a word in the local dialect
that refers to the practice of drawing lots to determine inheritance. Rafa
has assembled 22.5 hectares of vines divided among 26 sorte. Some plots
he owns outright, others are on long-term lease. The oldest vines, some
nearing a century, are head pruned while the younger vines on more gentle
slopes are trellised. The farming is minimalist since the sub-zone is blessed
with free draining soils and warm, dry summers. All the vineyard work
done by hand, including harvesting.

PAIR WITH SUMMER SALADS