Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rafael Palacios Sabrego Valdeorras Godello, 2010

If you're looking for an alternative to the old Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc axis, Godello from the Valdeorras region of Spain is a good choice. It offers the medium body of Chardonnay and the crisp edge of a good Sauvignon Blanc.

Medium gold color, bright and clear. Minerals galore with citrus, pears and a hint of flowers. Lush and full. Some almond notes. Medium bodied with racy acids and a long finish. Most Godellos on the market sell for about $15 but can compete favorably with French, Italian and California wines costing twice as much.

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