Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2017

Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2017

 

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Rafael Palacios
As Sortes 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : Spain
  • Region : Galicia
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Godello

This is a serious wine, characterized by its balance of richness and fresh acidity–and a wonderful example of Godello’s potential when placed in the right hands. Structured and precise, it displays a distinctive minerality that tells of its mountainous origins.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 94 2014
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93 2014
WS Wine Spectator 92 2014
JR Jancis Robinson 17.5 2014
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Vineyards: The vineyards are located in the Northwest of Spain, in Galicia. The vines are planted on steep terraces in the right bank of the Bibei river, between 600 and 720 metres above sea level. The soils are sandy and shallow, mainly of decomposed granite. The subsoil is pure granite, and the roots do not penetrate more than 1 or 2 metres. The climate is a combination of continental and Atlantic, depending on each parcel as some areas are more protected than other by western mountains. Annual rainfall is around 850 and 1000 mm. As Sortes is sourced from old vines parcels owned by Rafael.

Viticulture: Viticulture is organic and the vines are planted in bush and espalier training systems. The age of the vines varies from 8 to 90 years. To avoid sunburning the vineyard is covered with straw in the summer.

Winemaking: The must ferments in temperature-controlled 500 litre French oak casks, and then spends 7 months in contact with the fine lees in the same casks. 20% of the casks are renewed each year.

Tasting Notes: The nose is very complex and elegant, displaying aromas of ripe green apples, honeysuckle, fennel and slowly opens up to walnuts and cream notes in the glass. It is perfectly balanced in the mouth displaying freshness, concentration, and creamy texture.

Rafael purchased some mature vineyards in Valdeorras in 2004, motivated by the idea of recuperating this unique sub-zone of the Bibei Valley in the Municipality of O Bolo. He has accomplished this with resounding success. Much like neighboring Ribera Sacra, much of the Godello in Valdeorras is cultivated traditionally on steep terraces. The predominance of small plots is the result of inheritances drawn by lot, often out of a hat, called “Sorte” in the Galician language, and the… Read more

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2014)
The 2014 As Sortes blends Godello grapes from seven plots planted with old vines ranging from 40 to 96 years of age. The 2014s have a good combination of low pH and ripeness, so they should age beautifully. The must fermented in 500-liter French oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and matured in contact with the fine lees for some six months. It's still very young, a little creamy from its upbringing, and it will be much better with one more year in bottle. Palacios tells me the weather conditions were somehow similar to 2011 with some rains before the harvest and a soft summer that allowed for a slow, perfect ripening of the grapes while keeping very good levels of acidity. That really shows in the wine, which has great precision, lace-like, very focused, with deep flavors and pungent, sharp acidity and minerality. It has a great combination of power and elegance. This should be a long lived As Sortes. 22,400 bottles produced and filled in May 2015.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 93 Points (2014)
Light, hazy yellow. Deeply pitched orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by iodine, smoky lees and dusty minerals. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense pear, nectarine and orange flavors and a strong floral note that builds on the back half. Delivers a compelling blend of power and finesse, finishing with impressive persistence and resonating floral and mineral notes. Made in 500-liter barrels, including 20% new French oak.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 92 Points (2014)
Smoky and flinty notes mingle with dried pear, ginger and herbal flavors in this savory white. Crisp acidity and light tannins lend a solid structure, keeping this harmonious and graceful. Drink now through 2020.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 17.5 Points (2014)
Bottled June 2015. Crackling reduction – still smarting from being bottled, but the fruit is impeccably pure too. Dense on the palate, but not heavy. Waxy, fibrous texture with loads of chew and volume. Serious, savoury and wholesome.

Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017
Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017
Rafael Palacios
Louro do Bolo 2017
RP
92
WS
90
RP
91
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Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2017 Reviewed by Robert Parker 15-09-2019 . Score: 4.5