In recent years Alejandro Luna has been purchasing old vineyards of Godello looking to produce a serious white wine to compliment his stable of reds. Produced from 60 year old vineyards, which were propagated as a clonal seleccion of best vineyard plots of Godello within Bierzo. Soils are a combination of calciferous clay and decomposed slate. The vineyard is located between 600 and 750 meters of elevation. Grapes were hand harvested prior to overnight skin contact. The pressed must sees fermentation in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures (12-15° C). Following fermentation the wine is aged for 2 months on fine lees prior to bottling.
View from the Cellar
As readers may recall from my note on the 2014 last year, Bodegas Luna Beberide uses sixty year-old Godello vines for this wine, which is fermented and raised entirely in stainless steel. The 2015 is a fine follow-up to last year’s lovely wine, offering up a nose of melon, pear, acacia-like floral tones, a lovely base of soil and a blossoming topnote of beeswax. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and succulent, with a fine core, nascent complexity and lovely length and grip on the finish. This is a touch riper than the 2014, but every bit as fine. 2017-2023. Jan/Feb 2017
This white offers enticing purity and transparency, with citrus, blanched almond and stony flavors mingling over fresh acidity. Lively and refreshing, showing good depth. Drink now. 12 Diverse Spanish Whites
November 11, 2016