Wine rating: Louro do Bolo 2007

by mary on April 24, 2009

Spanish white wine Louro do Bolo from the Godello grapeOne Spanish white grape I’ve written quite a bit about is Godello, a high quality grape from Galicia in northwestern Spain.  My all-time favorite Godello is As Sortes by Rafael Palacios, a wine I’ve rated and written about a couple of times.  Rafael Palacios is very passionate about Godello and determined to make world class wines out of the grape…something he’s already done.  Today’s wine is As Sortes little sister, Louro do Bolo, a delicious Godello that is much more approachable and also half the price!  I love the As Sortes, but it is so intense steely, and complex that it is not the friendliest wine before it gets some air.  The Louro do Bolo is much more round and aromatic from the beginning, albeit less complex.  It offers aromas of lees, pineapple and lemon in the nose, as well as a bit of smokiness and oak spice.  In the mouth it has all those aromas as well as really fresh acidity.  It’s a really great example of Godello at a really friendly price:  12€.  Read on for more details on Lour do Bolo 2007.

Wine:  Louro do Bolo 2007
Winery:  Rafael Palacios
Denominación de Origen (DO): Valdeorras
Alc: 13.5%
Grape varieties: 100% Godello
Oak regime:  fermented and aged in large format foudres
Price:  12€ retail in Madrid

Tasting notes
Visual:  Pale straw color
Nose:  Quite a complex nose:  aromas of oak spice, lees, pineapple and lemon.  There is also a bit of smoke and flint. 
Mouth:  Sharply focused mouth…great acidity.  The smoky, mineral and fruit aromas all translate form the nose.  The oak is a bit more noticeable on the mouth, but it is very well integrated. 

Conclusion: Another great example of Godello, though much more complex than the basic un-oaked ones.    It is a near perfect blend of complexity and intensity with easy fruit and oak notes. 

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