Snapshot
Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Rias Baixas
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Wine type: White
Varietals: Albarino
Vineyard: The vineyards are located in the sub zone called Condado de Tea. The vines are 20+ years old and La Val was the pioneer in planting vines in this subregion in the 80s. This zone has a special microclimate where they see more hours of sunshine than other areas of the DO.
Orientation: Due to favorable orientation to the sun La Val is usually the first to harvest in the region.
Soil: sandy soil with lots of pebbles and slate below.
Viticulture: pergola trained vines to allow for better air circulation and ripening. Hand harvesting.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and pressed in a pneumatic press. Maceration for 48 hours.
Aging: No oak aging. The wine is aged on the lees and released in May/June the year following harvest. Quality Albarino is very high in acid and so much so that it can often feel bitter and therefore needs time to settle and soften.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
Limpid yellow. Bright and incisive on the nose, displaying intense lemon pith, green tea and jasmine scents and a dusty mineral overtone. Dry, focused and racy on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter citrus pith, pear skin and quinine flavors that unfold slowly on the back half. Lingers with very good persistence on the finish, leaving subtle mineral and floral notes behind.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 91 (Penin)