Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil 2005

Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil 2005Valdeorras is a couple of hours inland from Rias Baixas and it where the Godello grapes for this wine are grown.  Its not a particularly well known region outside of Spain, and Godello isn't exactly a mainstream grape either, but I can see a real future for it from the handful of wines I've seen so far.  Generally they're well textured, great aromatics and flavour profile with just the right level of acidity to drink with food. I'm not sure if the stars and planets had aligned or maybe I was just in the mood for a good, but this was a cracking wine on the night.

Very pale in colour with aromas of roasted pineapple, peach, melon, honey and small white flowers.  Beautiful texture in the mouth, oily and silky with plenty of acid. It feels and tastes like it should be sweet, but its quite savory. Pineapple, apricot, peach and melons, even a bit of watermelon, in the mouth.  Quite a long finish, the texture keeps me coming back for more.  91 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $22 Closure: Conventional Cork

10 thoughts on “Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil 2005

  1. Mi nombre es Magin Borrajo, oriundo de Valdeorras. Tengo un hermano en el Barco Valdeorras. Vivo en California en el Area de San Francisco. Vi anunciado su vino en el Internet y yo conozco bien los vinos de Godella y Mencia, tal vez habria modos y maneras de importar estos vinos aqui en California. Soy sicologo de profesion, ahora jubilado, con mu buenas conexiones y relaciones publuicas. Pienso ir en Marzo a Galicia y tal vez podemos hablar de negocios. Tal vez un problema ahora es que el dolar ha bajado de valor con el Euro. No se si Ustedes estan interasados. Esperando su respuesta. Feliz Navidad y Prospepro Ano. Magin Borrajo, Ph.D.

  2. quick translation is:

    his name is Magin Barrajo and he comes from Valdeorras, his brother is still living there but he lives in the Bay Area in san fran. He saw this wine on the internet and wants to import it to the US. He was a professor (of sociology I think), but now retired, and he has good connections. He wants to meet up Galicia in March to talk about wine…Merry Christmas and a good new year….

    Spam?

  3. Hmmm….

    He’s a psychologist (psicologo). He wants to talk business with you in March – seems he believes you produce the wine in Spain and can export it to him through his bro? (hence mentioning the unfavourable exchange rate?)

    Might be genuine but I’d be suspicious.

  4. Ahh yes, a psychologist. That will teach me to try and translate after xmas lunch! Its a good thing I don’t have any wine to sell.

    I actually sent him an email, had a bit of a chat and gave him the contact details for TR in Spain. Not spam at all I think.

  5. I call Telmo every year to talk about his harvest (and to hear how it is going for others)… he is probably one of the few non-mainstreamy type people I speak to, as normally it’s the Torres family, Angel at Retuerta, Carmelo Angulo at Lagunilla, etc… anyway Telmo is the coolest, which is saying alot, since all the other guys are pretty cool as well.

    In fact, are Spanish winemakers the coolest wineproducers in the world?

    At any rate, Telmo is a great guy and I’m glad his wine performed well in your tasting…

  6. Hi Jacob,

    I haven’t had the chance to talk to Telmo as yet, but I’m told he will be out in Australia later in the year, so I should get a chance then. Alvaro Palacios is great to chat to, a great character and a bit laddish at times.

    A lot of Spanish winemakers are very passionate, but they also have great personality and have that Spanish lust for life. I reckon they’re the coolest…

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