Month: February 2020

2018 Louro Rafael Palacios

2018 Rafael Palacios “Louro”

I’m starting this post for at least 5th time, backspacing everything after several words. I bought the bottle at the “Powinno” wine store in Wrocław (Poland). A few days ago I’ve texted Karol, the owner, to ask about the wine. I thought it’s a 100% Godello, turns out it’s cut with Treixadura, but in unknown amounts. Some vintages were cut 90/10 Godello/Treixadura, but no fix information is available. – I’ve just opened the bottle yesterday evening. – I said.– What do you think? – Karol asked. – Well… to be honest… I’m still thinking. Godello do Bolo (2018) from Rafael Palacios is no ordinary Godello wine, that’s sure. I’ve never tried a pure Treixadura wine, but what I’ve read, it’s supposed to inject some lemony-citric aroma, sometimes some herbs, some apples, which seems pretty normal as it is related to Loureiro. Of course, it’s only up to 10% in the cut, but the typical expected Godello aromas are also not very clear in the case of that 2018 Louro. I was curious if the wine …

Cortes de Cima 2011

2011 Cortes de Cima

The 2011 vintage was not an easy one for the Alentejo region. After the record rainfall in the winter season, the region got hit with a record of tropical heat in May. Cortes de Cima decided to harvest super early that year, the yield and grape quality was very good. Fermentation went in controlled temperature, grapes stemless. Aged for 12 months in 80%/20% French/American Oak barriques. The wine is a sensationally done assemblage of 35% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Syrah, 13% Touriga Nacional, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was already beautiful, as a young one in 2011 and 2014. Who made it without opening and stored in good conditions until 2019 can enjoy a beautiful, elegant but powerful wine. 👀 Appearance: The wine is clear with deep intensity, garnet in appearance. 👃 Nose: clean, pronounced aromas of ripe fruits, as well as some wood, smoke. 👅 Palate: one can truly taste all that ripe, soaked in sun fruit. Beautiful ripe black cherries, plums, ripe berries, there is also something from …