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2018 Rafael Palacios “Louro”

2018 Louro Rafael Palacios

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 will develop or change its profile if kept open for some time – well, no, it didn’t. It stayed very stable and elegant, just like it was right after opening the bottle.

A few days later, I’m writing these words and I still don’t know what do I think about that wine, I’m still not sure if I like it or not; if I’d get another bottle or not. Maybe it was a mistake to open it at such a young age?

👀 Appearance: Light straw color, clear, a little bit oily, slow viscosity.
👃 Nose: a medium intensity of aromas, pear, and apple, herbal (fennel?); after aerating: bread, vanilla, honey, quince.
👅 Palate: nice incorporated acidity, citric notes, very fresh and mineral; after aerating comes the sun out: pineapple, dried peach, gravel/stone.
💣 ABV: 13,5%

The wine was fermented at the low-temperature in a steel tank. Next, aged for 4 months with its fine yeast in a 3500 liters barrels made with french oak straight out of Normandy.

After few days to think and trying a little bit over and over again, all that non-standard, not-expected aromas and notes – it’s just that beautiful Valdeorras terroir speaking. It’s an interesting, but complex wine. Definitely not an easy-drinking, but isn’t it what we are all looking for, after all?

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