Lapola, Dominio do Bibei , Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2016

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Lapola, Dominio do Bibei , Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2016

21.95

A spectacular white wine from a spectacular region, Ribeira Sacra, where, as one local winemaker told us “the vines drink stone”. It’s a blend of Godello (75%), Albariño (20%) and Doña Blanca (5%), but the grapes play second fiddle to the soil, which somehow finds its way into the wine with an impression of hammer-smashed stones. Add to that a suggestion of yellow citrus fruits, a sprinkle of fresh herbs and you have a very fine white wine with great purity, poise and length. I love its verve and precision, it’s the antithesis of old-fashioned, oak-aged Spanish white wines, it’s vibrant and zesty, but far from simple and the texture is influenced by its mineral content, so it feels fine-grained, a little bit austere almost, like a flinty Chablis, but the warmth of the climate brings some stone fruit nectar to sweeten the finish. It’s a versatile wine as far as food goes, so try it with dishes that go well with mineral whites (shellfish, oysters, sashimi), but it’s equally enjoyable on its own. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2022.


Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The young white 2016 Lapola has varietal Godello aromas despite containing some 20% Albariño and 5% Doña Blanca. It comes from various vineyards and has the complexity of a blend of different vine ages, altitudes, soils and grapes; it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 600-litre oak barrels and egg-shaped concrete vats and then was bottled without malolactic. It has a spicy and smoky twist, but that is well in the background, while the foreground has white flowers, fruit and some herbs. The palate reflects the spice and the bittersweet flavors more. Drink now-2022.” 92 points

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