2019 was a smaller but outstanding vintage, especially for white wines in Spain which show brilliant, bright acids. The 2019 Neboa Albarino first strikes with a nose of just-ripe stone fruits, white honeysuckle and a splash of salt air. On the palate, the wine dances between strength and levity. Flavors of green guava, key lime, with refreshing minerality. Outstanding length.
NBOA is a collaboration with Bodegas Eidosela in the Condado do Tea subregion of Ras Baixas. On one trip to Galicia and Eidosela, we heard about a unique single vineyard site in their holdings that struck our curiosity and piqued our interest. One visit to the site and we knew it was a special place that has the potential to make a truly world class Albario. Eidosela agreed to separate out this parcel and vinify the wine for us to our specifications.
RIAS BAIXAS CONDADO DO TEA Located in the northwest Spanish peninsula, Ras Baixas is best known for its extraordinary wines made from the Albario variety. The name of the region is from the Galician language, Gallego, which means low estuary. It is here the Atlantic Ocean makes inroads into the land amidst legendary forests to form the Ras Baixas. Weather here is very special, with mild winters and a lot of rain (6001600 mm per year), which continues through early spring. Summer is the driest season in this area bringing very mild temperatures. Soils are very poor in nutrients, with high acidity content on a variety of terrains including sand, granite and slate.
Typical Ras Baixas parcels are very small (the average is less than ha), owned and tended by family growers who then work in cooperation with larger facilities. Bodegas Eidosela is one such organization, with the combined efforts of 61 growers, encompassing 45 hectares. Vines are trimmed in pergolas at approximately 2 meters high to avoid the humidity caused by the high rainfall, and to help manage the canopy by allowing as much sunlight as possible.
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Galicians have more than 70 words to describe rain and fog as it is a defining element throughout the region. NÉBOA is one such word, found in folklore texts to describe the fog that looms over the hillsides.
NÉBOA is a custom cuvee made for Valkyrie Selections by Bodegas Eidosela in the Condado do Tea subregion of Rías Baixas. On one trip to Galicia and Eidosela, they heard about a unique single vineyard site in Bodegas Eidosela's holdings that struck their curiosity and piqued their interest. One visit to the site and they knew it was a special place that has the potential to make a truly world class Albariño. Eidosela agreed to separate out this parcel and vinify the wine to Valkyrie's specifications.