Tour de Spain: Valdeorras
Since I started the Tour de Spain series, I've been looking for a wine made with the Godello grape because it's my favorite Spanish white wine. But it's actually not that easy to find. So, when my eyes landed on a bottle of Avancia Cuvee de O Valdeorras Godello 2013, I was probably more visibly excited than I should have been. At last, I can introduce you to Godello!
The Godello grape is local to Spain, but many of the vines were torn out and replanted with other white varieties. Then the 1970s rolled around, growers saw the grape's potential and began to revitalize it. Since then, there has been a surge of popularity in recent years and Godello is back, baby.
The DO of Valdeorras (Val-day-OH-ras) is located in the region of Galicia in Northwestern Spain where the climate is cooler and sees more rainfall than other winegrowing regions of Spain. There are a variety of soil types in this DO that affect the character of the grapes. For example, soils that have a high content of granite retain heat very well during the day, which increases the sugar content of the grapes and helps to fully develop its flavors. Another major type of soil in Valdeorras is slate, which gives the wine a mineral complexity. White grapes dominate in Galicia, in particular Albariño and Godello. The Godello grape is versatile, so wines can be found in a number of styles. Some are oak aged and can resemble the richness and body of traditional white Burgundies, while others are matured in stainless steel, resulting in a fresh tasting wine. The grape usually expresses citrus, apple, stone fruit, and floral notes.
I found that the Avancia Cuvee de O Godello had notes of lemon, pear, green apple, and honeysuckle, with saline notes on the nose and a mineral finish. It showed some notes of vanilla and was fuller bodied, which tells me that it was matured in oak. The acidity was high and the texture was silky. I personally prefer Godello that is matured in stainless steel, but this wine is nonetheless delicious and it's a nice introduction to the wines of Valdeorras.
You likely won't be as excited as I was to see a wine like this, but please do yourself a favor and be on the lookout for a wine from this lovely little region. Until next time: Peace, love, and Godello.
Avancia Cuvee de O Valdeorras Godello 2013: Thumbs up. $16.99