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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Godello 2007
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Godello 2007
(search item no. 100483)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made with 100% Godello, the Xil is the Celtic name for the river Sil that runs through the region of Valdeorras. This gorgeous dry white offers up hints of peaches, apricots, and honeysuckle, no obvious oak, a terrific texture, medium to full body, and wonderful purity as well as length.

Quite pale in color, with a good nose of pineapple, white peach, a hint of jasmine and fennel. As with a lot of these whites from northwest Spain, there is a really enjoyable silky/oily texture that matches well with the acid. In the mouth it shows more pineapple, apricot, and highlight of cantaloupe.

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About Telmo Rodriguez:

Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.

Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at his family winery in Rioja, Remelluri, and then set off on his own in the early 1990s to discover new vineyards and regions all around Spain. He now makes a range of wines in diverse viticultural areas of Spain, with an emphasis on the following:

Telmo’s vineyards are biodynamically farmed
All vines are exclusively bush-trained, the traditional Spanish method
Sites with exceptional terroir
Varietals traditional to their regions
Replanting only with massal selections

Telmo was among the first to make significant wines in Toro, Rueda, Valdeorras, Malaga, Alicante and Cigales. In these areas he uses native varietals, often grapes rediscovered such as Godello, Verdejo, Moscatel and Monastrell which do not have wide recognition. With other classically recognized varietals such Tempranillo, Garnacha and Carignan, he works with vines that are indigenous and reflect the character of their particular site. As a result, Telmo has been one of the leaders of the quality revolution with these varietals in up and coming areas such as Toro, as well as in the traditional areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.