Snapshot
Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Valdeorras
Appellation: Valdeorras
Wine type: White
Varietals: Godello
Organic: Practicing
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: All the plots are from the originals planted by the family in the late 1800's in the villages of Corgomo and Portela. These are the oldest Godello vines in the world. The vines are managed in accordance with conservation and circadian rhythms.
Orientation: South facing slopes on the northern banks of the Sil river at an average of 300 meters in elevation.
Soil: Colluvial with shallow depth and derived from grey schist.
Viticulture: All vineyard work is done by hand in small plots. They work the soil naturally and do work in the vineyard based on circadian rhythms.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and crushed. The juice stays in contact with the skins for 6 hours before being pressed. The fermenation takes place in stainless steel with wild yeasts.
Aging: The wine ages in tank on the lees for 6 months with weekly stirrings. After maturation the two villages are then blended together.
Notes: This is the wine of the family. A complex wine made form the oldest Godello vines in the world put together to showcase the best that Valdeorras, Godello and Valdesil can make.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 90
The 2014 Godello Sobre Lías is a cuvée from different vineyards on grey slate soils from the Vilamartín de Valdeorras village; it fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and was aged in contact with the lees for six months with weekly bâttonage. If they consider 2015 a Mediterranean vintage, 2014 is quite the opposite, a cool year. Subtle and elegant, it whispers to you about white fruit, bay leaf and hints of fennel. The palate is nicely textured with a subtle minerality that makes it quite long and supple. 45,000 bottles produced.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 91
(aged for six months in stainless steel tanks, with weekly lees-stirring) Vivid straw. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of jasmine and dusty minerals. Spicy, penetrating and focused, offering incisive Meyer lemon and pear flavors and showing a deeper touch of honey on the back half. Finishes with excellent focus and spicy persistence, leaving behind notes of ginger and lemon pith.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 91
The 2014 Godello 'Sobre Liás' bottling from Valdesil spends six months aging in stainless steel on its fine lees prior to bottling and offers up a lovely and youthful nose of tart pear, fresh coconut, slate minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still tightly-knit, with bright acids, fine focus and grip and a long, primary and nicely mineral finish. Godello ages beautifully and this is still a very young wine. It is approachable now, but its true blossoming is still a couple of years in the future and I would not hesitate to tuck it away in the cellar for a bit. 2017-2030+.