Overview of the Wine
Bodegas Avancia lies snuggled in the slate dominant mountainsides of Valdeorras, high above the Sil River. Named for the extensive gold mining that the Romans conducted in this area, (Val-de-Oras roughly translates to Valley-of-Gold in Latin) Valdeorras is home to the finest terroir for growing two of Spain’s most important indigenous grapes – Godello and Mencía.
Jorge was the first broker to introduce Godello into the United States, and for many years, was the only merchant offering a wine made from this unique grape. Jorge always dreamed of having his own Godello project, and Bodegas Avancia is the result of this dream. Bodegas Avancia produces the finest Godello wines in all of Spain.
In 2016, Robert Parker, Jr. stated “One of my favorite wineries in Spain is Bodegas Avancia. This is a small estate of roughly 23 acres, dry farmed (a characteristic of all of the selections of Jorge Ordóñez), with organic viticulture. Their specialty is working with the Godello grape, which may well be Spain’s finest indigenous white grape. It has the texture of a Chardonnay, but with crisp, mineral and floral notes in its aromatics. Avancia is certainly the top producer of this intriguing and delicious dry white.” Jorge also selected D.O. Valdeorras due to its unique conditions for growing Mencía, Galicia’s most important red grape. The combination of slate soils, high altitudes, old vines, and warmer climate compared to the rest of Galicia provide Valdeorras with the best terroir for growing Mencía.
Hand-harvested and stored in small baskets. 20% of the wine fermented with indigenous yeast in used French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600 L. barrels, respectively.) The rest of the wine is fermented in stainless steel.
Grape / Blend
D.O. Valdeorras, Spain
Cuvee de O Godello expresses the freshest expression of the Valdeorras' unique slate soils and indigenous clones of Godello. Sur lie ageing and large format barrel fermentation impart a weight and complexity to Cuvee de O that sets it apart.
Bright straw color in the glass with fresh aromas of white flowers and expressive fruit. Flavorful on the palate with fruity characteristics, good acidity, and balance.
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
A much more fruity, simple wine compared to the old vine cuvée, the 2019 Avancia Cuvee De O Godello is nevertheless undeniably delicious as well as impeccably made. Notes of citrus, lime peel, flowers, and mint all give way to a medium-bodied, silky, elegant white that has good acidity and a clean, crisp finish. This puppy would just sing with tapas. Enjoy bottles over the coming 2-4 years.
91 Points- Ian Blackburn
Godello should be on your list- this rendition sends your mind to Chablis- its aromatics, its texture, its acidity...Godello and wines of this region are climbing the charts! The price here is going up, but so is the quality and comparative value is very high. Last call for $19.95! Citrus, tree fruits, plump initial richness succumbs to insane minerality...one of the best food wines on earth!
Product size: 750ml