Albariño ‘Sobre Lias’ (family estate selection) was first produced for the 2002 vintage.
Sobre Lias is sourced from the family’s El Pazo and Castrelo vineyards within the Val do
Salnés sub-region of Rias Baixas. The vineyards sit at an elevation between 160-to-820
feet with plantings of 1,100 vines per hectare. Vines average 50-years old and are trained
using the Pergola system to enhance air circulation and minimize any risk of disease. Soils here are sandy with a mixture of granite and quartz.
Grapes are hand harvested using small baskets to avoid bruising of the grapes and are then sorted upon arrival at the winery. Following a gentle pressing the juice is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, where it will remain, on its lees for 5 to 6 months. Wines are cold stabilized and gently filtered prior to bottling.
Made with selected grapes from prime vineyard locations, the Sobre Lias exhibits many fine, elegant qualities. With a distinct salty minerality on the nose, and an array of pure, clean, limpid white fruit aromas. The palate almost shimmers with tang and vibrancy, and although it has a steely precision, it is balanced by fruit with a peachy pear-like quality and backed by a vivid streak of lemon and mineral acidity.
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
This tangy white has a briny, chalky character, with bracing acidity giving a racy edge to the fleshy texture. Assertive, fresh and lively. Drink now through 2020.
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