Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2012

Bodegas Castro Martin


Albariño ‘Sobre Lias’ (family estate selection) was first produced for the 2002 vintage.

Sobre Lias is sourced from the family’s El Pazo and Castrelo vineyards within the Val do Salnés sub-region of Rias Baixas. The vineyards sit at an elevation between 160-to-820 feet with plantings of 1,100 vines per hectare. Vines average 50-years old and are trained using the Pergola system to enhance air circulation and minimize any risk of disease. Soils here are sandy with a mixture of granite and quartz.

Vinification:Grapes are hand harvested using small baskets to avoid bruising of the grapes and are then sorted upon arrival at the winery. Following a gentle pressing the juice is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, where it will remain, on its lees for 5 to 6 months. Wines are cold stabilized and gently filtered prior to bottling.

Additional Information

Made with selected grapes from prime vineyard locations, the Sobre Lias exhibits many fine, elegant qualities. With a distinct salty minerality on the nose, and an array of pure, clean, limpid white fruit aromas. The palate almost shimmers with tang and vibrancy, and although it has a steely precision, it is balanced by fruit with a peachy pear-like quality and backed by a vivid streak of lemon and mineral acidity.

Recent Press

  • Food & Wine Author: Ray Isle
    Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    "One of the best out of an ice bucket–full of Albariños I tasted, this layered, lemon-grapefruity white from Spain was impossible not to like. It’d be a great cocktail party pour."
    Grade: 5 Value White Wines for Summer
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine & Spirits Author: Patricio Tapia
    Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    "A big wine that feels constricted by reduction, this packs a range of fruit flavors, from peach to apricot, orange zest and tropical fruits. Though broad and generously textured, it's a little hard to follow for now, needing time to settle out in bottle and mature over the next year or two."
  • Us Weekly Author: Keith Neslon
    Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    "The Albariño Sobre Lias blend is "brightly acidic".
    Grade: "Best Bets in Bottles, Didn't tend to that home bar? Uncork a quencher instead"
  • Chicago Tribune Author: Bill St. John
    Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
    "Lime-y and briny, so it says, "Find me shellfish or oysters, por favor."
    Grade: "Iberian Whites to Watch"
  • The Today Show Author: Edward Deitch
    Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    "I liked the somewhat richer style of Bodega Castro Martin’s 2012 Albariño “Sobre Lias,” a reference to aging on the lees, the solids of the grapes that give the wine a slightly creamy quality. But freshness is there as well in this $18 wine with lots of citrus, including lime, orange and pink grapefruit, as well as hints of green olive and exotic spices."
    Grade: "Spanish albarino makes for pleasant spring sipping"

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