Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello 2019

Godello|Valdeorras, Spain

The oldest vines of Godello on earth. Wow, that's a heck of an introduction. The Prada family heads up Bodegas Valdesil; they steward some really old plantings of Godello, planted by their ancestors in 1885. All of the vines trace back to one vineyard – the “Pedrouzos” vineyard – planted some 136 years ago, making them easily the oldest extant vines on Earth. With such a long family history it’s not a stretch to say the Pradas are masters of the grape!

It’s from that famed “Pedrouzos” vineyard that their Montenovo white is made. Godello, that lovely grape native to this corner of Spain, shows just beautifully here with soft fruit contours, elegant aromatics and whispers of the mineral soils. Find notes of pear, green melon, white peach, vanilla-scented flowers, honeysuckle, and crushed stone. It’s perfectly dry, finishing with flowery and fruity tones and a lingering minerality. Crab cakes? Grilled tiger prawns? Bagel brunch? The answer is simply yes – don't overthink it, just throw six in your cart and start sipping!

The region known as Valdeorras (the “valley of gold”) was formally recognized in 1945, although most of us on this side of the Atlantic have only gotten to know it in the last two decades or so. Wine has been made here since at least the Roman times, probably longer; the slate and granite soils make for infertile, unforgiving farming but terrific minerality. The name of this wine – “Montenovo” – means “new mountain,” and you can easily imagine breathing in fresh mountain air in Galicia while sipping this summery white.

At a mere $19 and free shipping on six, this is a masterclass in the magic of Godello and Galician wine. A must-have bottle, whether for the boat or the backyard!


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