The Bodegas Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello 2015 is made by well known Rioja producer Rafa Palacios who is an advocate for our new favorite white grape Godello. He has about 25 hectares of vines in Valdeorras in Northern Spain and organic and biodynamic methods are in full swing. These are steep, high elevation vineyards made up of crumbly granite, all attributes needed to successfully grown Godello. Which is a notoriously fickle grape variety to grow and can quickly become overripe and flabby. Also challenging, it doesn’t make a good wine when picked early. Rafa has found his groove with these vines and this wine is a fresh, bouncy stunner. And bonus, these bottles have a little age (2015); Godello shines its brightest when there is a little delay on pulling the cork.
Tasting Note – The Bolo is fermented with native yeasts and aged on its lees for four months before bottling. The wine is developing but still with a youthful bounce. Aromas and flavors of lemons, pineapples, peaches, sea salt, jasmine, lots of white flowers, and citrus peel. The acidity is medium plus in size, no doubt a contributor to its current development and future freshness. Lastly, the feel has a bit of richness with a medium bodied thanks to its lees time, and the finish is lengthy. Godello is always coming around and showing us what its made of, and we’re into it.