Casa Lebai La Nava

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Ribera del Duero D.O.
98% Albillo Mayor – 5% (others) Single vineyard “La Nava” planted in 1940
829 meters / sandy with gravel areas
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested in 16 Kg boxes
fermented in concrete eggs vats
12 months in 500 l french oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Casa Lebai La Nava 2020
95 (RP) 94 (TA) 93 (VfC)
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95 The Wine Advocate The white 2020 La Nava is pure Albillo Mayor from a 0.36-hectare plot planted by their great-grandfather in 1935 on a slope with sandy soils—it's pretty apt for the variety and considered one of the best places for old vines in the village. It's an ambitious and Burgundian white that fermented and matured in 500-liter oak barrels in search of aging potential but keeping the finesse and agility and reflecting the soils. It has a spicy, toasty and smoky nose with contained ripeness and 13% alcohol and hints of white flowers and fruit. The palate is vibrant and fresh, with a pH of 3.28 and 6.15 grams of acidity. Unfortunately, there are only 650 bottles. It was bottled in September 2021. Drink 2023-2029
95 points Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate Issue# January 2023
94 Tim Atkin MW One of the discoveries of my tastings at the Consejo Regulador this year. Casa Lebai is the personal project of brothers Rodrigo and Asier Calo, whose parents own Bodegas Arrocal. Stylishly packaged, this comes from an 82-year-old vineyard that's co-planted with Albillo Mayor and 10% of other "ancestral" varieties. Textured and leesy, with some wood spices, yellow apple and grapefruit flavours and appealing palate length. 2023-27
Tim Atkins. Published 2022
93 View from the Cellar The La Nava vineyard was planted to Albillo in 1940, so these vines celebrated their eightieth birthday in the 2020 vintage! There are only fifty cases of this wine produced, which is fermented in a concrete egg and raised for one year in a five-hundred-liter French oak demi-muid. The wine offers up a superb bouquet of pear, raw almond, gravelly soil tones, white lilies and a discreet touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with beautiful depth at the core, lovely soil undertow and grip, bright acids and excellent balance on the long and vibrant finish. This is one of the best white wines I have ever tasted from Ribera del Duero! 2023-2035.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
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