Rafael Palacios 2007 Louro do Bolo

2007 Louro do Bolo  Regular Price $25.00  Special Price 6 Btl  $20.00  Special Price 12 btl  $17.50

Rafael Palacios began his new wine project in Valdeorras in 2004, purchasing old Godello vineyards from old local growers.  Godello is the indigenous white grape varietal of the Valdeorras region.  Rafael’s previous experience as a consultant in the region had motivated him to buy and restore old vineyards in the unique Bibei Valley in the municipality of O Bolo.

The very rigid topography and low fertility of the soil had lead to the almost complete abandonment of the terraced vineyards in this tiny but historically important country, and the predominance of small plot vineyards was the result of inheritances drawn by lot, often out of a hat, called “Sorte” in Galician.  This old tradition became the inspiration for the name of Rafael Palacios’s top wine “As Sortes”

The vineyards are located in the western part of Valdeorras region, on the right bank of the Bibei River at altitudes between 600 and 720 meters.  The sandy soils are very distinct and were developed through the degradation of the granite substratum.  The result is a low fertile, acidic soil prone to erosion.

The 21 hectares of vineyards currently owned by the winery consist of 26 different parcels, all of them planted to with native white Godello grape, the vines are between 6 and 90 years of age.

Since the vines are cultivated on terraced slopes supported by fragile granite walls, the work in the vineyard requires the use of specially adapted human beings with amazing balance.  Rafael also avoids using herbicides and chooses to work in Bio-dynamic farming principles.

By Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08                                                                                                                                  ($29; 100% godello) Hazy chartreuse color. Explosively aromatic nose projects a sexy bouquet of mineral-driven citrus and pear aromas, along with pungent flowers, smoky minerals and white pepper. Juicy pear and lime flavors stain the palate and are given an exotic quality by floral honey, chalk and anise nuances. The mineral character expands on the strikingly energetic and long finish. Impressive. 92 points

Wine Advocate # 178 Aug 2008 Jay Miller                                                                                                                                                                                                 The 2007 Louro do Bolo is 100% Godello produced from 40-50 year old vines. It was tank fermented and aged on the lies. Light gold-colored, it offers up aromas of petrol, white peach, and spiced pear. This leads to an elegant wine with a vibrant palate-feel, good balance, and outstanding concentration. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.


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