Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2013

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

  • Fortune Magazine Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    "Serve this palate-priming Spanish white as guests arrive: Its all about minerality and brisk acidity, but has just enough stone and tropical fruit flavors to round it out."
    Grade: "The 20 Best Wines for Holiday Parties"
  • Sommelier Wine Awards Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
    "Generosity of flavors and a taut freshness gave Castro Martin Gold once more for the latest vintage of its Family Estate Albariño. Consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet found 'Japanese plums, umami, dried thyme, hints of smoke and lactic notes' on the nose, adding: 'Round, fleshy palate with good fruit and length.' 'Lessy, with celery vegetal notes and a beautiful mouthfeel,' agreed Hawksmoor Air Street's Julian Bicknell.
    Grade: Gold Medal

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