I was feeling inspired one night when I received two bottles of Godello from Ole Imports. I have never tasted the Godello varietal before so I decided to open both bottles simultaneously to get the full effect of this grape type. Godello is grown in northwestern Spain mostly in Valdeorras and northern Portugal. It’s a fine white grape that at first, reminded me of a Chard then transformed into a burst of something more unique! These wines really reflect its place of origin and the soils where the vines are grown. Both wines were farmed in slate and granite giving the wines earthy and ‘stony’ flavors showing how specific climate and immaculate precision is used in growing these remarkable grapes. Now… onto the wines.
2010 Castelo do Papa Godello
100% Godello (of course) had such youthful minerality with hints of pear, green apple and a hint of grapefruit. I tasted a bit of acidity as well which to me, made this wine extremely well balanced and smooth. Definitely a wine that can be paired with a heavier meal, such as sausage, heavier cheeses, and really any seafood.
2010 Estate Bottle Rogo Godello
Another 100% Godello. This wine had a floral and vibrant nose and loads of minerality and stone fruit in taste. it had a bit of honey, a tiny bit of sweetness and is a little more ‘zest’ than the Papa. A great refreshing wine with energy! I would stay with lighter cheeses, fish dishes, oysters, and pasta as pairings.
All in all, my Godello experience was a very pleasant one and gives a true adventure into the world of the Valdeorras region through the taste of each wine – a mineral and fruitful experience!
I highly recommend you try to brighten your taste buds and grow out of your comfort zone with wine. Try something new and grow your palate! I can now say I am a huge fan of Godello and will seek them out when I’m at my wine store next!
For more on the wine region check out this great article from Good Food Revolution !