Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bodega Rafael Palacios Sabrego Valdeorras Godello, 2010

Godello is a grape that has been grown in this area of Spain for many years, but the vines are very old and the granitic soil on the steep slopes are depleted of nutrients. That's the perfect environment for producing high quality wines...but with a very low profit margin because of low yields. Palacios is one of the producers who is intent on preserving these old Godello vines and Eric Solomon is helping him market them to an American public that knows little about Godello. I had never heard of or tried Godello until D&W Markets brought in the Val de Sil Godello that I have reported on several times over the last few years. Sabrego is even better, in my estimation.

Bright medium gold color. Very fresh and lively. Pears, green apples, lime and a hint of flowers. Flavors are lusher than the smells suggest. Medium bodied and a bit of almond on the finish. Mouth watering acidity. This is a wine that drinks very well on its own but is even better with flavorful food.

I considered Sabrego a bargain when I saw it for $14.99 at World Market. When the close-out price came down to $7.47, I scooped up all that was on the shelves. There must have been more in back room because the price came down another 10% when I was in the store yesterday. $6.72 for this quality? I left a few bottles behind but may go back again and scoop them up. Although the wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit qualities, it has enough acid to carry it for at least a few years.

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