La Val Albarino 2014
Item Number: 14447
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 14447
Vinous Media 89
"Pale, green-tinged yellow. Zesty, mineral-tinged tangerine, pear and quince scents pick up a gingery nuance with aeration. On the palate, refreshingly bitter citrus zest and quinine flavors put on weight with air, along with a subtle herbal quality. Closes with good nervy bite and cling, leaving citrus fruit and ginger notes behind."~Josh Raynolds
"Quintessential Albarino...on the nose it shows aromas of lemon, melon, apple, and fresh herbs. In the mouth it is fresh and rich, with citrus notes, a touch of refreshing minerality, and a long, clean, racy finish."~Distributor Notes
"Bodegas La Val was established in 1985 and was one of the first wineries in Rias Baixas. Unusual for the area, La Val only uses its own estate grown grapes rather than buying them from local growers. They own 150 acres of Albariño most of which are located in the Condado do Tea sub-region. The vineyards are trained in the pergola system which, in this very humid and rainy climate, allows for better air flow and ripening. The particular micro-climate of their main holding in Condado do Tea allows them to be the first winery to open the harvest, which is typically in the first half of September. Jose Maria Ureta is the current winemaker and he is extremely well respected in the D.O. and considered to be one of the young up-and-comers. As a winery concerned with quality first and foremost, the new vintages of their Albariños tend to release in May/June of the year following harvest. Because great Albariño grapes are very high in acid they tend to taste very “bitter” young. Producers that do harsh filtering, fining or sell slightly sweet styles do not worry about this and rush to market early. Quality minded producers like La Val let the new wine rest a bit longer in tank so that the harshest aspects of the wines’ acidity has softened."~Distributor Notes
La Val is a perfect introduction to Albarino - If you're serving a crispy skinned wild Pacific Salmon or roasted veal prime rib, and want a white with a bit of roundness but character that won't overbear like some of the over-engineered Oakier chards can tend to do - try this. Spanish wines tend to be thinly exported, but happy to observe that this representative rarely disappoints.
Posted by Jonathan on 11/2/15 [Verified]
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