2015 Rafael Palacios "Bolo" Godello Valdeorras
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The entry-level 2015 Bolo wants to showcase Godello at its purest, and therefore is fermented in stainless steel and bottled early without bâttonage to preserve the primary character of the grape. 2015 saw an early harvest because of a warm and dry summer, with some rains in the middle of the harvest, which allowed the remaining vines to reach a better phenolic ripeness. The grapes come from the O Bolo zone, both purchased and from their own vineyards. The wine is quite expressive after bottling, a touch reductive, but with powerful aromas of bay leaf and white flowers, quite elegant. The palate is super compact, balanced and fresh, with vibrant acidity that provides great length. The finish is very tasty, mineral, almost salty. This is drinking beautifully; Godello can sometimes be heavy, but that's never the case here, these wines are always fresh and fluid. (LG)
A beautiful white wine. The vines are 10 to 40 years of age and the vineyard is farmed organically. Aromas are of white flowers, wet stone and hints of citrus while the palate is a complex unfolding tapestry of citrus, lychee, spice, minerals and hints of iodine. This layered wine has great energy and verve, and a depth rarely seen from a Godellobased wine. Pair this with shellfish, seafood or a burrata and tomato salad.