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
RP Robert Parker 92 2016
WS Wine Spectator 90 2015
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

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2016)
I was blown away by the 2016 Louro, a Godello-based white with some 8% Treixadura from their own vineyards. It is from plants averaging 25 years of age panted at some 600 meters on sandy granite soils in the parish of O Bolo. It fermented in 3,000-liter French oak foudres with indigenous yeasts where it matured in contact with the fine lees for four months. 112,000 bottles were filled in April 2017.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2015)
A creamy texture carries lush flavors of poached pear and vanilla in this white, while notes of ginger and brine add a savory touch. Generous, with just enough acidity to stay focused. Drink now.

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.

Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2017
Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2017
Rafael Palacios
As Sortes 2017
WS
92
RP
94
JR
91
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.
59,00 €
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Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo 2017 Reviewed by Robert Parker 15-09-2019 . Score: 4.5