Bierzo Blanco, 'Ultreia Godello', Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez
The Godello is from three sites in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, though 90% of the fruit in this vintage actually comes from one north-facing site. The ultimate focus here is on preserving acidity, as Godello can get blowsy and even a little sloppy if overripened. So this is picked on the knife edge of ripeness, and as such the resulting wine only reaches about 11.8% alcohol. The wine ferments and ages in a combination of 2500-liter foudres and old 300-liter barrels.
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For a Spaniard, godello may be the closest thing you can get to Burgundy,” said Nacho Monclús, a native of Huesca, a Spanish province on the border with France, who’s now a wine director in NYC and a panelist for our tastings. This does, in fact, have the savory intensity of a Côte d’Or wine, with its notes of bruised apple, green pear and mineral acidity. In style and sophistication, it may be more like the long-lived white wines Luis Anxo Rodríguez Vázquez produces across the mountains from Bierzo in Galicia’s Ribeiro. Whatever comparison you make, it’s beautiful, fresh, mineral-rich and well worth seeking out.