NY Times "20 Wines Under $20" 5/16/18 (for the 2016 vintage)
The history of one of Galicia's finest though often unheralded varietals, Godello, is forever linked to the winery Valdesil in the mountainous sub-zone of Valdeorras. The current proprietors, the Prada family, whose ancestor was named Jose Ramon Gayoso, planted the first small parcels or "Pezas" to his beloved Godello in 1885. This first planting was called Pezas Pedrouzos, and in the ensuing years, Gayoso continued to plant pezas in and around the village of Portela all on slate based, hillside soils. The history of wine growing in Valdeorras dates back to the Roman times, where there are references in Latin texts made to grape vines planted in the region along the river Sil. The name itself means "Valley Of Gold." The region was given DO status in 1945.
Montenovo means "fresh mountain" which reminds us of this cool mountainous region and climate. The godello here is simply fermented and bottled fresh with a tiny bit of CO2 left giving the wine the full expression of godello in a very fresh, youthful and vibrant way.
"Godello is a grape with a lot of promise. Grown in regions of western Spain like Valdeorras, Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra, just to name a few, godello has the transparent ability to both display its terroir and adapt to a winemaker's style. In the capable hands of Valdesil, the Montenovo godello is fresh, creamy, herbal and spicy, reminiscent of chardonnay but with a Spanish accent."-Eric Asimov, NY Times (on the 2016 vintage)
Enjoy Valdesil Montenovo Godello with grilled shrimp, baked swordfish, roast chicken, tapas and light summer fare.