Castelo do Papa Godello

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Winemaker Notes

Light green-hued yellow. Tightly focused lemon and pear scents are complemented by deeper melon and peach notes. Lively and focused on the palate, offering vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a gingery nuance that adds back-end spiciness. Finishes nervy, energetic and long, featuring lingering suggestions of bitter lemon pith and dusty minerals. -- Josh Raynolds.

Wine Information

DO Valdeorras, the “Gateway to Galicia,” is a region rich in history, both of wine and far beyond. Located in interior Galicia in Northwestern Spain, this appellation is protected by mountains on both sides, making it warmer than its neighbors to the west and cooler than its neighbors to the east. Dubbed the “Valley of Gold” by the Romans, it was beloved for the moderate climate that allowed them to plant olives and almonds further north on the supply line than they had historically been able to. The Ladera Sagrada estate, or “sacred slopes,” where Papa Godello is made, is located directly alongside the famed Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage route that ends in Santiago de Compostela. Steeply sloped, terraced vineyards of slate and granite are the hallmark of this terroir, and Godello is the most widely planted grape. Generous, clean, and well-balanced with a persistent beam of minerality through the middle, the Papa is a classic expression of Godello’s charm, and of Valdeorras itself.

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