2007 Adega Pena Das Donas Godello "Almalarga" Ribeira Sacra (Previously $17)

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Almalarga, is named after the vineyard from which the Godello grapes are sourced from 70- to 100-year-old vines. Aged on its lees for four months, it is medium straw-colored with a superb aromatic array of mineral, crushed stone, lemon-lime, white peach, and melon. This is followed by a dry, elegant, ripe, concentrated wine with outstanding balance and length. Drink it over the next four years. Pena das Donas is a new estate in the high risk, high reward DO of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia where the steepness of the vineyards makes Sonoma’s Jackass Hill Vineyard look like a pool table." (02/09)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2009 | Send Email
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Ribeira Sacra, the vertically-challenged, remote zone in northwest Spain where I first fell into a swoon over the ruby-hearted Mencia grape, is also home to the white Godello variety, an obscure grape that all but disappeared off the planet until the 1990s when a handful of resourceful winemakers realized exactly what they had in their steeply-terraced backyard. A wine of pure silk and finesse, expelling aromas of slate, lemon leaf, melon and apricots. Bring this to a dinner party and astound your friends with this wonderful new discovery from a truly magic region of Spain.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.