Alvaredos-Hobbs: Paul Hobbs Turns to Galicia

Alvaredos-Hobbs

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Alvaredos-Hobbs Ribeira Sacra Godello 2018

  • A collaboration between Paul Hobbs and Galician viticultor Antonio López Fernández
  • Winemaker is Cecilia Fernández, formerly of Rafael Palacios
  • 100% Godello
  • Slate soils with some clay, volcanic and quartz
  • Steep, south-facing slopes (up to 55-degree incline)
  • Fermented with indigenous yeast in foudre where it ages for 10 months
  • No malolactic
  • Bottled unfined & unfiltered
It has a varietal profile—after all, the label features the grape name and not the zone—and a balsamic nose with notes of white fruit and flowers with some herbs thrown in. It has integrated oak, and it is clean, fine and elegant, nicely crafted. Godello is more powerful and has less acidity than Alvariño, and the wines can be fuller and perhaps more austere.

The wine develops nicely in the glass, with the aromatics becoming more complex, with honeyed undertones, aromas of dried apricots and a lanolin-like waxy note, with subtle minerality on the palate. 9,840 bottles were filled in September 2019.92 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

A white with dried-pear and nougat aromas and flavors and just a hint of coconut. It’s medium-bodied with a fresh, steely finish. Refined and tight… 92 Points, James Suckling