2014 Rafael Palacios As Sortes Godello, Valdeorras (750ml)

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# ESPAGO14AE
Country: Spain
Region: Valdeorras
Grape Varietal: Godello
Review Score: 94WA, 93V

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The 2014 As Sortes blends Godello grapes from seven plots planted with old vines ranging from 40 to 96 years of age. The 2014s have a good combination of low pH and ripeness, so they should age beautifully. The must fermented in 500-liter French oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and matured in contact with the fine lees for some six months. It's still very young, a little creamy from its upbringing, and it will be much better with one more year in bottle. Palacios tells me the weather conditions were somehow similar to 2011 with some rains before the harvest and a soft summer that allowed for a slow, perfect ripening of the grapes while keeping very good levels of acidity. That really shows in the wine, which has great precision, lace-like, very focused, with deep flavors and pungent, sharp acidity and minerality. It has a great combination of power and elegance. This should be a long lived As Sortes. 22,400 bottles produced and filled in May 2015.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 224 - Apr 2016)

Light, hazy yellow. Deeply pitched orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by iodine, smoky lees and dusty minerals. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense pear, nectarine and orange flavors and a strong floral note that builds on the back half. Delivers a compelling blend of power and finesse, finishing with impressive persistence and resonating floral and mineral notes. Made in 500-liter barrels, including 20% new French oak.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2015)