12 PACK, 750ml BOTTLES, $24.99 EACH
This slinky, mineral white hails from Valdeorras (“Valley of Gold”) in eastern Galicia, a region once famous for goldmining and now best known for its unique and complex wines made from the indigenous Godello grape. The wine is named for the river Sil that flows through the region (Xil is its ancient name, used by the Celtic people who once inhabited the area). Many of the river’s tributaries are flanked on either side by vineyards, planted in terraces on steep slate hillsides. The label displays a dozen bridges, symbolizing the idea of crossing from one vineyard plot to another.
An early and warm vintage, except for frost on March 27 in Larouco and cooler than average periods in June. Rainfall stayed within normal values, mainly occurring in spring, whereas summer was dry. A dry and hot month of May stopped downy mildew attacks around O Barreiro, and the good health status of the vines was maintained until the end of the cycle. Our harvest started in early September. The grapes were of high quality and produced wines with good ripeness, good structure, and volume.
92 Points, James Suckling
A fruity white with sliced apple, honey and some pear undertones. It’s medium-bodied with tangy fruit and a flavorful finish. Some dried pineapple and honey at the end. Drink now.