Sunday, December 17, 2006

VALDESIL MONTENOVO GODELLO VALDEORRAS - 2005

Made from 100% Godello grapes grown on 140 year old vines, this native Spanish white variety of D.O. Valdeorras has 13% alcohol.

TASTING NOTES:

Extremely pale color like ginger ale. Aromas of apple, pear, honey, and lemon-lime with zesty citrus, sour green apple, sweet white grape juice, and a tart finish that lingers with caramel-honey notes. Some heat early on and lots of acidity.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

88 PTS
Bright and zesty. Unique white wine with lots of complexity and nuances. A wonderful appetizer white to start the evening. At around $10 a bottle or less this is a tremendously inexpensive white that overdelivers.

4 Comments:

  • Good point about this extremeley interesting and emergent zone in Spain, that of Valdeorras, the name of the Sil river valley when you enter to Galicia from León. The godello grape is now experiencing a great research and some of the "new" wines in Valdeorras, 100% godello as the wine you comment on now, are, from my point of view, between the most interesting white wines in Spain: I have written in my blog about the two I consider the most challenging and exciting ones, certainly between five ann ten euros more expensive than this Montenovo: Guitián sobre lías 2005 and Rafael Palacios' As Sortes 2005.
    Cheers!
    Joan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, December 19, 2006 3:56:00 AM  

  • You're the best Joan! I always appreciate your comments and insights. You continue to help increase my knowledge.

    By Blogger Winecentric, at Tuesday, December 19, 2006 12:39:00 PM  

  • I guess we are really complementary: I try to know Spain, Portugal and Italy; you very well know America (North and South!), South Africa and Australia-New Zealand (and I learn a lot with your commnents about these zones) and we, together, recognize France as our "wine-mother"! Isn't it?
    All the best,
    Joan
    PS. Why don't we establish a transoceanic blog-enterprise!!!???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, December 19, 2006 4:57:00 PM  

  • Yes joan, you are trying to know spain, but you still have to taste too much. Montenovo is the cheapest white wine made by bodegas valdesil, and it is one of the best white wines for just ten bucks (in Spain is sold at about 5 euros, not bucks, Joan should try to notice that). Bodegas Valdesil also produces three more white wines: "Val de Sil" which is left ont its lees, "Pezas da Portela" extremely elegant barrel fermented version, and "PedrouzoS" This last wine is made from the oldest godello vineyard of the world; it is a cult wine,out from this world, and have just two problems: very hard to find in the US (just about 500 magnums made each year), and expensive (100 bucks per bottle)

    By Anonymous Jacob, at Tuesday, December 26, 2006 4:04:00 PM  

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