2015 Vina Godeval, Godello “Cepas Vellas” Valdeorras, Spain.
The Vina Godeval Godella Cepas Vellas is from high elevation vines in Galicia’s Valdeorras region where there is a huge difference in daytime and nighttime temperatures allowing good ripe grapes with piercing acidity, Godello is a varietal that delivers a wine of great texture and class, certainly on par with fine white Burgundy. Godveval is known for rich and detailed wines that have similar qualities to Premier Cru Chablis with loads of mineral character and lush mouth feel and bright citrusy acidity that gives structure and class. 2015 was a warm year and the vintage markers shine through in Godeval’s Cepas Vellas with lavish flair and layers of creamy apple, lemon curd and stone fruits that gives a full and fleshy palate with flinty spices, wet stones and leesy notes. Fermented in stainless steel and aged on the lees, the Godeval Godello Cepas Vellas comes from 50 years old vines that are grown on granite, schist and almost a shale like soil that allows vibrant intensity and inner energy. The Godeval Godello offers a great starting point to understanding this grape and place, a stepping stone to the more serious wines like Laura Lorenzo’s Daterra or A Coroa to name a couple to also look for.
($22 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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