From a tiny west facing single vineyard in Valtuille named “El Val” with clay and stone soils, from (in Castro Ventosa terms) young 20+ year old vines. There are but 75cs for the world of this one, produced for just the second time since 2014 due to the challenges of ’15-’17. Bryce likens it to something like a Corton blanc, which I can hear based on my past experiences with the wine, although it is Godello, whose texture and acidity are different than Chardonnay, and there is no limestone here as in Burgundy….but I can see what he’s getting at: power and class….
“The top of the range for whites, the 2019 Valtuille Godello (they own the brand Valtuille) comes from a single plot in the in the paraje El Val (it will carry the name of the paraje and will be a Vino de Paraje official category from 2021 onward), a west-facing slope in the village. It fermented in 500- and 700-liter oak vats, where the wine matured for one year with the lees that were not stirred. It has a very expressive nose with notes of fennel and flowers; it’s aromatic, expressive and harmonious. It’s tasty and finishes dry and clean. 1,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2020.” 93 Luis Gutierrez
“Limpid chartreuse. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits, saffron, fennel and pungent flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Concentrated pear nectar, tangerine, honey and succulent herb flavors show excellent clarity and spicy back-end thrust. The floral and pear notes return on a long, chewy, finely detailed finish that leaves chamomile and bitter quinine notes behind.” 93 Josh Raynolds for this 2019