30+ year old vines; pergola trellising; sandy pebbled soils
destemmed; gently pressed and then fermented in stainless steel.
The wine is aged on the fine lees for 3 years with annual batonnage and renewal of the lees.
I was surprised by the light color and young nose of the 2011 Sobre Lías, an Albariño kept in contact with lees (hence its name) for three years. It feels young and lively and the profile does not fit with its age. It's nice and balanced, fresh with moderate lees character. I like it, it's a very balanced Albariño, but the discrepancies between what I tasted and the age made me hesitate. 6,667 bottles were filled in November 2016.
The 2011 Albariño “Sobre Lias” from Bodegas La Val is drinking beautifully at age seven and still bright, vibrant and at the peak of its powers. The wine spent fully three years on its lees in tank prior to bottling and is currently available in the market. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a beautifully evolved blend of tart orange, a touch of candied lemon, sea salts, gentle leesy tones, lovely minerality and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, fullbodied, crisp and vibrant, with impressive mid-palate depth, lovey acids and excellent length and grip on the complex and very long finish. This is a pretty broad-shouldered example of Albariño, coming in at a full thirteen percent alcohol, but it is also elegant and has evolved very well indeed with some extended bottle age.
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