Dominio do Bibei Lapola Review
The mix of grapes was compelling as I teased out both the Godello (the source of the waxiness) and Albariño, leaving what I assume was the local native, Doña Blanca to sort of fill in the blanks.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2019 Lapola
Blend: 75% Godello, 20% Albariño, and 5% Doña Blanca
Region: Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Spain
Retail price: $36
I consumed it: April 2022
My source: The Decanter Magazine Wine Club by Wine Access
From this winery: Dominio do Bibei
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: White blends
Other characteristics: Sur lies
Lapola: What I think
What an interesting wine! Initial impressions of stone fruit and floral notes on the nose made me think of Viognier, but there’s very little about how this wine tasted that resembled Viognier. Instead of that honeyed character, there was another (new to me) sensation that could best be described as “waxiness” (Wine Access’ word, not mine).
After it opened up for a while, I detected more citrus on the nose and the other aromas faded back. It was bright, but not abrasive, and surprisingly complex for such a young wine. The complexity was significantly influenced by resting on the lees during maturation. The mix of grapes was compelling as I teased out both the Godello (the source of the waxiness) and Albariño, leaving what I assume was the local native, Doña Blanca to sort of fill in the blanks.
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