Monday, May 16, 2011

Val de Sil Valdeorras Godello, 2008

You probably haven't heard of Godello; I hadn't either when I bought my first bottle of this wine. A few sniffs and sips were enough to send me back for a case. This is a seriously undervalued wine that is very good now and has the potential to become even better with a few years in the bottle.

The wine takes a few minutes to open, but then the aromas start flowing: ripe pears, white peaches, minerals and flowers. It's Viognier-like in its prettiness but has considerably more depth and complexity. In the mouth, the wine has the body and concentration of a Puligny Montrachet. Enticing mineral tones. There is a slight walnut husk bitterness on the finish at first, but this gives way to very ripe fruit flavors after a few minutes in the glass.

Val de Sil Godello has been priced at about $10 a bottle at D&W Markets in southwest Michigan. It's suggested retail is about double that--and still a bargain.

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