Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios has one of the most recognisable family names in Spanish wine-making, with brother Alvaro making iconic reds in Priorat and the original estate producing top notch Rioja. Rafael, however is making some of the country's most exceptional white wines and doing so in truly original fashion. Raising the profile of Godello as a fine wine grape, Rafael has become a regional trendsetter.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Rafael Palacios Valdeorras As Sortes 2019 (6x150cl)
HK$4,985.00
2019

Rafael Palacios Valdeorras As Sortes 2019 (6x150cl)

Decanter (98)

Sampled from a vat, this is one of the best As Sortes I have ever tasted, comparable to the iconic 2011. It's a prodigy of subtleness and elegance. Everything is firmly delicate in this wine. Restrained aromas open up parsimoniously, with a steely structure like a great Burgundy, but with flinty acidity almost like Grosses Gewächs from Rheingau. Despite the fact that the sample was not yet bottled, the wine had no oak influence, just the indication that it had been aged, as top Godello must. Rafael Palacios is refining his work year after year, reaching the magic of the greatest wines. A top wine, and one to keep.
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Galicia 6x150cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$4,985.00
Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro do Bolo 2019 (6x75cl)
HK$1,345.00
2019

Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro do Bolo 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

The 2019 Louro comes from a vintage that Rafa Palacios compares with 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, the best vintages for him. The vines are on sandy granite soils, but there are some vineyards where there's a little more clay, and the vines are worked organically. It fermented in 3,500-liter oak foudres, where the wine matured with lees for four months. It always has a small percentage of Treixadura, around 4% this year, and in 2019, it reached 14% alcohol, so it's not a shy wine. It might seem incredible, but Treixadura is a very aromatic and balsamic grape and that small percentage is clearly noticeable in the aromatics, which gives Louro a very different profile from the AS Sortes, with a more herbal and balsamic touch. But Palacios tells me that's the freshness of the year (Godello can also be herbal), as they have regrafted a lot of Treixadura. In 2019, there is less Treixadura than in previous years, and there's only one hectare of Treixadura left in his vineyards. The wine does have very good freshness, plus a very salty finish and the granite sensation that gives it an electric touch, complex, powerful and with a profile of a serious wine with very little bitterness; Palacios says it reminds him of the 2005 As Sortes. This has to be one of the best vintages of Louro, a clear step up from previous vintages. 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled between April and May 2020 from a single master blend.
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Galicia 6x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$1,345.00

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