Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017

Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017

 

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Rafael Palacios
Louro do Bolo 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : Spain
  • Region : Galicia
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 94% Godello, 6% Treixadura

If we had to pick an example of wine to illustrate the word “balance” it would be Louro. It combines the freshness of Galician wines with the richness of lees contact and oak ageing in a very elegant and subtle way. Rich but precise, this is a a real treat for discerning palates.

Experts Score Vintage
JD Jeb Dunnuck 93 2017
RP Robert Parker 92 2017
WS Wine Spectator 90 2017
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92 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.

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 French oak casks of 300 and 500 litres capacity, and then spends 4 months in contact with the fine lees in the same casks. 20% of the casks are renewed each year.

Tasting Notes: Nose shows intense aromas of ripe red apple, apricots, honeysuckle, lemon peel and hints of cream. On the palate it is fresh and tasty, very elegant with a persistent finish.

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

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 93 Points (2017)
In the same style, the 2017 Louro Do Bolo is a blend of 92% Godello and 8% Treixadura from sandy, granitic soils, fermented and aged in larger foudre. Crushed lime, citrus pith, white flowers, and a beautiful salinity all give way to a medium-bodied, racy, vibrant white that makes you salivate. It’s going to be incredibly versatile on the dinner table, and while I’d drink bottles over the coming year or so, I wouldn’t be surprised if this evolves gracefully for longer.

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2017)
The entry-level 2017 Louro was cropped from an unusual year marked by frost that reduced the crop by some 40%. It's a blend of Godello with around 8% Treixadura with good ripeness, concentration, power and acidity, managing a considerable alcoholic degree with low pH and notable acidity. It fermented in 3,000-liter oak foudres, where it was kept with the fine lees for four months. This is a great wine, perhaps not as long lived as As Sortes, because the vineyards are not as high in altitude and have a little more clay in the soils. It's a little more varietal in character but also marked by the soils, especially on the finish. It's very expressive early on. It's not a banal wine—it's serious, clean, balanced and concentrated, ripe without excess, expressive, aromatic and open. It has intense, pungent flavors with a saline, tasty twist I often find in wines from granite. It combines power with balance. This overdelivers for its price.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2017)
Peach, quince and lime flavors mingle with notes of lemon cream, heather and grapefruit in this expressive white. The texture is broad, but crisp acidity keeps this focused.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92 Points (2014)
Bright, green-tinged straw. Incisive, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, pear skin and white flowers, with an intense gingery topnote. Dry and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit and floral flavors underscored by chalky minerality. Finishes dry and very long, with resonating orange zest and jasmine qualities and lingering minerality. Following fermentation in French oak foudres this wine was aged on its lees for four months.

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As Sortes 2016
WS
93
RP
95
JD
95
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.
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Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017 Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck 14-05-2020 . Score: 4.5