Localization: Bierzo, Spain
Tasting Notes: Vivid straw-yellow. Aromas of fresh pear, melon and tangerine are energized by a suggestion of chalky minerals. Sappy and concentrated, yet nervy as well, offering bitter citrus pith, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors that become spicier on the back half. Shows very good depth and clarity finishing long and taut, with persistent mineral and floral qualities.
Notes: In recent years Alejandro Luna has been purchasing old vineyards of Godello looking to produce a serious white wine to compliment his stable of reds. Produced from 60-year-old vineyards, which were propagated as a clonal selection of best vineyard plots of Godello within Bierzo. Soils are a combination of calciferous clay and decomposed slate.
The Domain: This family winery traces its history to 1986, predating the renaissance in Bierzo by about 10 years. The current winemaker, Alejandro Luna, is a second-generation proprietor and focuses on traditional grapes for the area, Godello for white wines, and Mencia for reds. They follow organic methods with no herbicide or pesticide use in the vineyards and allow native microbes to ferment the wines in the cellar. Winemaking starts with all grapes being hand-harvested into 18-kilo boxes. Careful cluster sorting, eliminating unsound bunches continues the push toward quality. All varietals are fermented separately with native yeasts prior to aging in oak barrels.