Rafael Palacios, Louro do Bolo, DO Valdeorras, Galica, Spain, 2019
(Pairing suggestion - Dublin bay ray wing)
Rafael Palacios, originally from Rioja, started his own project in the long-neglected vineyards of Valdeorras in 2004. The extreme topography of the soil led him to this historic region, filled with terraced sites influenced by the Atlantic. He works in the highest parts of Valdeorras with old vines of Godello, following biodynamic methods and is considered as one of the greatest ever winemakers. His Louro do Bolo is a very pure expression of the Godello grape variety,it is aged in neutral oak for 5 months, which gives the wine more structure and weight. The nose is inviting with lemon peel and quince and becomes more complex as saline tones of seaweed and ocean minerality come through rounded off with a herbaceous character of fennel. The wines minerality, influenced from the winds of the Atlantic shines through on the palate giving it incredible freshness on the finish.