Rafael Palacios, Sorte O Soro Godello

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Grower: Bodegas Rafael Palacios
Grape Variety: Godello
Style: Mineral and Complex
Country: Spain
Appellation: Galicia
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 14% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Straw yellow in colour with youthful highlights. The bouquet has great elegance and marked aromas of tangerine skin and magnolia flowers, very subtle and elegant with a pleasant minerality. Not only is its elegance on the palate magnificent, but it also has great acidity and amazing balance; it is ethereal, but at the same time powerful, 'an iron fist in a velvet glove' with the electric minerality of granite on the finish.

Any profile of Rafael Palacios inevitably leads to his family history. While being a scion of a famous winemaking family in Spain is an excellent way to get attention, it makes Rafa’s hard work and achievements seem fated or predetermined. If one were asked to rank the indispensable white wines from the old world, there would be very few on the list originating below 45º in latitude. Yet, only after a decade in Valdeorras, it is becoming apparent that Rafa can make wines from warmer climates that have the potential to rival Hermitage Blanc, Corton-Charlemagne, the Mosel, or the Wachau. As quaffable and enjoyable as Godello can be from Valdeorras, it rarely reaches the level of richness, balance, and complexity as it does in Rafael Palacios’s hands. 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 a lower elevation with limestone and schist soils, Rafa works exclusively with Godello planted on granitic soils at much higher elevations.

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