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 (80%), Albariño (15%) 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.

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