2015 Bodegas Avanthia Avancia Cuvee de O Godello

Year: 2015
Appellation: Valdeorras
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

100% GODELLO!!

"This racy white has energy and grip. The tangerine and quince flavors are tart but fruity, backed by fennel, mineral and light vanilla notes. Stays focused through the juicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases made.–TM " (WS)

"The 2015 Avancia Cuvee De O Godello is aged in 500- to 600-liter demi muids and after a portion is fermented in oak (with a small portion fermented in neutral oak and the rest in stainless steel), the wine spends eight months sur lie with 80% aging in stainless steel and the rest in oak. The 2015 is a beauty – with notes of honeysuckle, delicate flowers, crisp, honeyed citrus such as lemons, impressive minerality, a medium body and long finish. It is dry and pure. This is a beauty to drink over the next year or so, although I suspect it may last longer.

One of my favorite wineries in Spain is the Bodegas Avancia. This is a small estate of roughly 23 acres, dry farmed (a characteristic of all of the selections of Jorge Ordoñez) 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." (WA)

"(fermented and aged on its lees for eight months in 80 percent stainless steel tanks and 20 percent large French oak casks) Green-hued straw. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus fruits and honeysuckle carry a smoky mineral overtone. Vibrant and focused on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon and pear flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Shows an emphatic stony character on the incisive finish, which leaves behind juicy citrus fruit and floral notes." (VM)

"Melony floral aromas are friendly and easygoing. On the palate, this is clean and precise, with moderate weight and a touch of oak. Lime and kiwi flavors are a bit sweet, with a welcome oaky offset. On the finish, this Godello fades nicely, with core acidity extending the ride." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Bodegas Avancia is located in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Orense, Galicia in the northwest Spain. The grapes from the Godello Vineyards are located on the mountain slopes in terraces at 450 meters above sea level. The steep hillside vineyards provide an excellent location to capture the sun. The soil is composed of metamorphic slate and quartz. Godello is an ancient variety from the area that was saved by a handful of producers who began farming it again in the 1970's and brought back to commercial production in the early 2000's. Strong Atlantic climatic influences support Godello and help give it natural acidity and structure.

The grapes are hand harvested from vineyards planted in 1975, put into small baskets to prevent bruising. 40% of the grapes are fermented in large format neutral French Oak casks, no malo-lactic fermentation, aged for six months on the lees.