This is how it works for me, today… Wine Century Club #167 Senda\Verde 2015 Godello, Bierzo, (082016).
La Senda Bodegas y Viñedos
Samples arrive from all over the world, and I’m thrilled. My scope of wine is expanding exponentially steeper daily about the world of wine, every time my door bell rings and a delivery truck person wants my signature.
If I weren’t in the business of wine, my process would be much slower. I’m on an assignment given to me by the gods, and the task is unique nectar. How did I get so lucky? I really don’t know. I just keep at it. I’ve now tasted 165 different wine grape varieties and I’m about to open #167.
#167, Godello, Bierzo: Old world aromas. When I opened the bottle, I thought, from the Chill to the Thrill… Godello Bierzo ~ So poetical.
Strolling through a citrus and floral garden… Then the Meyer lemon hits hard. (I scratch lemons, just for that refreshing moment.) These are just the aromas. On the palate, it’s similar to a Sauvignon Blanc and then sneaks around the corner to become butter flavors with lingering violets and grapefruit. It has a long, long finish and is much more complex on the back end than I would have guessed from its light straw color. I associate this color with a wine that’s not going to be complex. Wrong! It’s got a lot going on. This is a very refreshing wine that you can enjoy with your cream dishes… Jamie Oliver’s creamy pumpkin and ginger soup, let’s say.
Let’s talk about Godello from La Senda Bodegas y Viñedos, Spain
A Delicious Story
Godello is a white wine grape that’s grown in northwestern Spain, mostly in the Galicia region. In Portugal, the Gouveio grape found in northern region of Portugal is thought to be the same grape variety. Quoting Jancis Robinson:
“I think it was Rafael Palacios, As Sortes Godello Valdeorras that first drew to my attention the obvious nobility of this grape variety that combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicily mineral grape. I made sure to include this pioneering wine when, a few years ago, I had to present an array of wines to demonstrate modern Spanish wine prowess.”
Godello is a dry, white wine, that produces lovely flavors, as I noted above. It seems to have the best results in the Valdeorras, because this is a cooler climate, which has plenty of rain… Like all cool climate regions, like Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Germany, for instance, cooler climates are best suited to white wine varieties. Wines from these cool climates produce wines that are crisp, fresh, and have a long life span for being fresh and complex.
If you find this wine on a wine list or on a store shelf, give it a try. If you’re beyond a Chardonnay and wanting something exciting in a white, go Godello. The double “ll” has a “y” sound. Dello, de-e-e-o, Daylight come and me want to go home… Go Godello.