The newly released 2015 Casal Novo Godello is the progeny of the outstanding 2015 vintage in Valdeorras. Although it remains a mere infant, the 2015 Casal Novo Godello already shows its magic, beginning with a bright straw-colored robe, tantalizing aromatics, and beautiful fruit flavors with exemplary texture. Clean and focused in its bouquet, the 2015 Casal Novo offers up savory scents of melon, white fruits, and wild herbs. Casal Novo’s vivacity continues on the palate, where white peach, melon, and subtle spice tones spread their welcome. The wine’s subtle minerality, born of the vineyards’ slate and chalk soils, lends vibrancy and balance to the wine’s overall sensual appeal. All these components add up to a delightfully fragrant, intense glass of Godello that sports a lengthy finish and tremendous palate appeal. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest serving Casal Novo’s 2015 Godello moderately chilled (40º-45º F).
Some have claimed that Casal Novo’s 2015 Godello resembles fine white Burgundy, a hypothetical blend of Pouilly-Fuissé and Chablis in particular, but such comparisons rarely do a wine justice. Nonetheless, it is clear that Casal Novo’s 2015 Godello can hold its own with the aforementioned French wines, especially when it comes to accompanying seafood, roast chicken, hearty salads, and creamy pasta dishes. Casal Novo’s food-friendly Godello also makes a splendid aperitif or opening act to an elegant dinner party. A simple roasted chicken with butter and herbs will showcase Godello’s many attributes, as will flavorful chicken salads prepared with grapes, walnuts, and rosemary. A supreme seafood salad, prepared with scallops, shrimp, crab, tuna, crunchy red and yellow bell peppers and a zesty aioli provides a tasty treat with the 2015 Casal Novo Godello, too. Sea scallops, seared lightly and then sautéed with white wine, lemon juice, butter, parsley, and fresh Mediterranean herbs, offer another superb accompaniment to Godello, especially when served over creamy angel hair pasta infused with Parmesan cheese. Seafood paellas and classic fish stews such as Cioppino pair nicely with this wine as well. Crispy apple and pear slices paired with a variety of creamy, cow’s milk cheeses make tasty, easy to prepare accompaniments to Godello, too. Enjoy!
Adega O Casal Novo lies tucked away above the tiny village of Rubia in the northeast corner of Spain’s cool, green province of Galicia. Casal Novo is a relative newcomer to Valdeorras, Galicia’s premier appellation for Spain’s indigenous Godello and Mencia varietals. Founded only in 2000 by five partners whose families held high elevation vineyards, Casal Novo has become a benchmark producer of both Godello and Mencia. With less than 15 acres of vineyards and a total dedication to quality, Casal Novo qualifies as a true boutique venture. Yields are kept dramatically low and no herbicides or systemic herbicides are used in Casal Novo’s vineyards, which allow the estate’s grapes to express their full varietal character and reflect the unique terroir of Valdeorras.
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