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Bodegas Avancia "Old Vines" Godello, Valdeorras, Spain, 2018

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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.”

Winemaking: The grapes are hand-harvested and stored in small baskets. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600 L barrels, respectively.)

Ageing: 10 months sur lie in French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively) with battonage.

Grape / Blend
100% Godello

D.O. Valdeorras, Spain

Winemaker's Notes
Sourced from one of the oldest, most traditional vineyards planted in Valdeorras, Avancia Godello expresses the authenticity the history of Valdeorras and the oldest Godello clones in the world. A completely unique white wine that ages beautifully and has been recognized by Robert Parker as Spain's best Godello. Godello was almost extinct at the end of the 1980's, so it is extremely rare to find a Godello produced from a single vineyard planted in 1904.

Praise for Past Vintages

93 Points - Vinous (2017 Vintage)

"Sharply focused Meyer lemon, poached pear and honeysuckle aromas are
lifted by a smoky mineral nuance and a spicy ginger flourish. Silky and sharply
delineated on the palate, offering vibrant orchard and citrus fruit flavors that
unfurl slowly with aeration. Shows outstanding depth as well as finesse,
finishing sappy and impressively long, with resonating floral, mineral notes and a sexy floral nuance."

92 Points - James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
“Some richer ripe melon and pear with grilled cashews and savory, spiced nougat. The palate has impressive freshness and a lively, crisp-cut finish.

Product size: 750ml

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