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Spain Rocks

When looking for high quality value driven wines I often go right for Spanish Wines. I have been a big proponent of Albarino for a while now.

Recently I've found the Godello grape. How wonderfully aromatic this grape tends to be. A bit viscous like fine Roussane from Rhone Valley but more lemony and crisp. The best examples come from Valdeorras, Spain.

Raphael Palacios makes "As Sortes" which is absolutely breath taking and reminds me a bit of Puligny-Montrachet structurally. In fact, the Wine Adcocate recently rated the As Sortes a WA92 posted with the following tasting notes; "The 2005 As Sortes is 100% Godello produced from vines ranging in age from 18 to 80 years. Light gold-colored, it exhibits aromas of slate minerality, honey, and lemon-lime. This is followed by a layered, supple wine with excellent depth, medium-body, and a lengthy finish...".

I also have recently tried the Telmo Rodriguez project called Basa Blanco from Rueda. If you like Sauvignon Blanc you should look into the Verdejo grape from Ruedo as well. Interestingly, these wines come either steel-fermented, as well as barrel aged. Vina Sila makes both the Naia and Naides which are terrific values that remind me a bit of Sauvignon Blanc on steroids.

If you don't know these wines yet, you should check them out as you may find a new friend!

Until next time...

Salut!

Dustin Jones
Director of Wine Education, VinVillage
Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers