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Viña Somoza, Valdeorras Godello Neno (2016)

Viña Somoza was founded in 2001 by Victor Fernández with the goal of recovering vineyards in Valdorras to preserve Galician traditions of winemaking. They have made numerous technical strides in the cellar over the years, especially with the recent hiring of Javier García Alonso in 2015. The majority of their plantings are Godello, however, Javier has also been working with some red varietals since he came aboard, such as Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, and the nearly forgotten Brancellao.

Javier has an impressive resume: after receiving his masters in Viticulture and Oenology, he spent many years as the head winemaker at widely-regarded Jimenez-Landi estate in Méntrida. He currently spends a day or two each week in Galicia working with the Somoza wines; the rest of his week is spent up in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, tending to his remote Albillo and Garnacha vines for his main project, the winery 4 Monos. Javier has always respected the Burgundian winemaking philosophy of village and single parcel wines and has implemented this idea in the Somoza wines. In addition to the “village” Neno wine, he makes three single parcel wines, to truly express the various sub-terroirs of Valdeorras. Javier finds inspiration in the unique and varied soils of Valdeorras and that is what initially drew him to the area. He is one of the few winemakers in Valdeorras making such nuanced and terroir-focused wines. Farming practices here are conventional, as is the norm in Valdeorras, but Javier is seeking to find additional vines with the hopes of working them organically.

 




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