New Grape! New Grape! New Grape!

Grape number 79 in my quest to reach the Century Club number of 100! Only 21 more to go…and I think I have 5 more new ones to try kicking around my cellar.  I’m like the little engine that could…I’ll get there at some point, no rush, slow and steady.  It is getting harder and harder though, I’m already into fairly obscure grapes….this bottle being no exception!  I chose the 2007 MonteNovo Godello from Valdeorras Spain for the evening.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and cost me $12 from Domaine547.

On the nose I found lemon cream, vanilla, tropical fruit, star fruit, pineapple, a waxy lemon note, cream, and butterscotch.  The nose on the wine kept evolving as the wine warmed, proving to be surprisingly complex for the price point.  In the mouth I got flavors of lemon, pineapple, nice tropical notes, and citrus around the edges.

Overall, the wine reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc. It had lots of citrusy acidity, though as it warmed up, the acidity tamed and the wine became rounder.  I think the most apt comparison would be to a very lightly oaked Sauvignon Blanc.