Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2020

Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2020


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Rafael Palacios
As Sortes 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • 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 95 2018
DCT Decanter 95 2017
JD Jeb Dunnuck 95 2016
WS Wine Spectator 93 2016
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93 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) : 95 Points (2018)
The 2018 As Sortes comes from the six oldest small plots of Palacios vineyards, bought between 2004 and 2007, and the vines are worked organically. The vines were planted in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and the soils are granite based and deliver low yields. In 2018, they did a lot of sorting of grapes to remove dry grapes affected by mildew. The clear juice ferments in 500-liter oak barrels, and the wine matured with fine lees in those barrels and also in some foudres for eight months. It has a very Burgundian profile. I must say it's quite different from the majority of whites from Valdeorras; it's super serious and somewhat austere, and subtle, a profile I like very much. Austere, direct and salty/mineral, like liquid granite. It's polished and the oak is nicely integrated. They are working to have less imprint from the oak in the wine by using larger barrels. This is less oaky and leesy, with more precision, clean and pure, in the direction of Roulot, if you want to continue in Burgundy. This could be an updated version of 2011, even though 2011 was riper and this 2018 is fresher. 22,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019.

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2017)
Work by Rafael Palacios since 2004 on his plots or sortes – traditionally inherited by growers by lot – has blossomed to a model pyramid of quality. The As Sortes sits in the middle, which could suggest moderation, however it’s anything but moderate. This Godello is succulent, intense, exceptionally powerful and very long lived. Hold out for big brother Sorte O Soro if you can find it and afford it, but this is also a super-satisfactory choice. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 95 Points (2016)
From higher elevation, granitic and sandy soils in the Bibei Valley, the 2016 As Sortes is 100% Godello that spent seven months in 20% new 500-liter French oak. Made by the youngest of the nine children in the Palacios family, it's a seriously impressive wine that has depth, balance and class, offering white flowers, citrus, salty minerality, white peach and hints of Meyer lemon. Rich, nicely concentrated, balanced and beautifully layered on the palate, with building richness, it's unquestionably the finest Godello I’ve ever tasted and well worth seeking out.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2016)
This white is rich and vibrant. Electric acidity fuels ripe flavors of pineapple, mango and tangerine, while mineral and ginger notes add interest. Expressive and energetic. Godello.

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.

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.

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Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2020 Reviewed by Robert Parker 10-06-2022 . Score: 4