This modern, biodynamically produced Galician wine has now entered on the exclusive list of Spanish wines with a perfect score from the renowned critic
Another Spanish wine has joined a very exclusive club: wines with 100 Parker points. This, of course, refers to the famous scoring scale for wines developed by leading wine critic Robert Parker Jr., who runs Wine Advocate. That wine is Sorte o Soro 2020, produced by Rafael Palacios in Valdeorras DO, in Galicia.
This spectacular wine is made from Godello grapes growing on 40-year-old vines in the Bibei Valley, which is very much an off-the-beaten-path subzone in the designation of origin. Sitting at an altitude of 720 meters, the plot is farmed minimally and biodynamically. The soil is sandy granite and the grapes are harvested by hand. The wines are made by means of a natural yeast fermentation and are aged for seven months in new 500L French oak demi-muids.
Sorte o Soro is the third white wine from Spain to receive 100 points. The other white wines to receive the coveted 100 points include Castillo Ygay Blanco Reserva Especial, from Marqués de Murrieta; and Corona 1939, from CVNE.There are now 23 wines in total with 100 points, and standout reds include Pingus 2004, 2012, 2014 and 2018, in DO Ribera del Duero; L’Ermita 2013 and 2019, in DOQ Priorat; and La Faraona 2014 and 2018, in DO Bierzo.