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Rafael Palacios Louro 2016


Louro is one of the best examples of Godello you will find. Actually, it probably is the best. It is a beautiful wine that has seen lees stirring and oak maturation, making it complex and mouth-filling in texture. It will improve over the next couple of years too, but is already singing beautifully.

Louro is a wonderful expression of the grape Godello, and of the Valdeorras region from which it comes. The striking acidity is both refreshing and persistant, giving lift and zing to the wine. 

The Wine Advocate gives this 91/100:

The 2015 Louro always contains some 8% Treixadura while still maintaining Godello as the main grapes. It's sourced from their own vineyards in the municipality of O Bolo averaging 20 years of age. The grapes had a short maceration in the press and the clean must is transferred to 3,000-liter French oak vats where it ferments without any added yeast. The wine matured in these same containers with the fine lees for four months. He has a 9,000-meter plot of Treixadura, which adds freshness, especially in the warm vintage. There is an extra degree of precision and freshness compared with the 2015 Bolo, and intensity too. The flavors are clean and very focused, persistent thanks to the pungent acidity. It stays in your taste buds for a long time. This is a superb showing for this bottling. Killer value too!

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