Raúl has gotten really really good at making Godello, having honed his focus over the past several vintages, after introducing this wine in 2014. To preserve freshness, they pick early, do no stirring on the lees, and do not encourage malolactic fermentation. The popularity and success of this wine has seen the production expand from its original single plot in Villafranca to include three other plots in Valtuille. As an intro to Godello from the sandy soils of Valtuille as well as the 2018 vintage’s poise and balance, this is a value hound no brainer. Like literally everything offered here, the value quotient is tremendous.
“One of two whites produced here, the 2018 El Castro de Valtuille Godello is made with grapes from four plots—three in Valtuille and one in Villafranca—on clay, sand and quartzite soils. Godello is always destemmed, and this fermented and matured in 225-, 500- and 700-liter oak barrels, where it stays until one week before the next harvest without stirring the lees or anything. In principle, the whites do not undergo malolactic. It’s very balsamic and expressive, with aromas of pollen and beeswax, a touch of camphor and dry yellow flowers (think chamomile) with some spicy undertones. The oak is used, and the idea is that it’s quite neutral. It’s a lively white with fresh and focused flavors, good volume and a tasty finish. 4,900 bottles were filled in November 2019.” 92 Luis Gutierrez