I’m on these two this weekend, both over last night & tonight, with some left over for tomorrow too - a CVNE Monopole Classico Blanco, Rioja 2017; and a Bin #010 Godello-Albariño-Treixadura, Ribeira Sacra 2020.
Both very nice wines, and both enjoyed last night with tapas-style snacks and tonight with roast chook.
If pushed to make a choice, Godello is probably my favourite grape for white wine, and I had huge anticipations for the Bin #010. The wine is certainly very good quality and very enjoyable, and beautifully fragrant as per the WS blurb; my personal preference however is for pure Godello; I rarely - never to date yet really if I’m honest - like it as much when it’s blended, and especially when it’s blended with Treixadura. The Treixadura seems to lend a softness / roundness which doesn’t really work for me, though that had lessened tonight. The Albarino was noticeable too for - I think - the slightly melony background taste. I didn’t get much minerality from the Albarino, which was what I was expecting. A very good & enjoyable wine for my tastes nevertheless, though I’d love to know what the pure Godello from the same stable is like, and have a hunch-through-habit that I’d probably prefer that to the blend.
The Monopole is also a terrific wine, though I’m enjoying it more tonight after it’s been open a while - the fruit is more obvious and the acidity & salinity likewise, giving a better balance for my tastes. It seemed slightly flat last night with the oxidative / sherry tastes taking the stage, and I’m generally not a huge fan of the oxidised / sherry style. Lovely dense viscous texture, and I’m very curious to see where it’s at tomorrow evening, I must say.
Both certainly tip-top, well-made & interesting wines, but not fully pinpoint to my particular tastes, and I’m not fully certain if I’d buy either again. Perhaps the Monopole if it’s still got tonight’s fruit-acidity-salinity balance tomorrow night.