Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez Ultreia Godello Blanco 2019
100% Godello. Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. He has quickly become the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation and in the intervening years, he has expanded his sphere of activity to include the appellations of Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, and Tierra de León. In addition to numerous other accolades, Raúl was named “Winemaker of the Year” by German publication Der Feinschmecker in 2014 and “Best Winemaker in the World” for 2015 by the French publication Bettane+Desseauve. In the February 2018 Decanter, Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros wrote, “Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” Raúl Pérez is the archetype of humility though and that comes through in his wines as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail. The Ultreia Godello is from three sites in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, though 90% of the fruit in this vintage actually comes from one north-facing site. The ultimate focus here is on preserving acidity, as Godello can get blowsy and even a little sloppy if overripened. So this is picked on the knife-edge of ripeness. The farming is organic and the wine ferments and ages in a combination of 2500-liter foudres and old 300-liter barrels. This Godello is a classic example of a largely under-appreciated grape variety on these shores, golden and indulgent and full of life. This is why Raúl Pérez is one of the best winemakers you will find anywhere in the world.