One of the best and more regular wines of the appellation is the 2011 Colleita Seleccionada, a barrel-aged white blend of 70% Treixadura complemented with Godello, Albariño, Loureira, Lado, Silveiriña, Dona Branca and other white varieties from a single vineyard with schist (slate) soils. The wine finished fermentation in 500-liter oak barrels where it aged for 10 months in contact with the lees. It was left to settle in vat for a further 12 months before being bottled. This is a serious, well-oaked wine with profound, Burgundian white aromas of orange peel and wet stones plus some balsamic notes with a background of smoke and spices. The intense palate is medium to full-bodied with plenty of dry extract and is in need of white meat dishes to counter the wood tannins and the slightly bitter finish. This should develop nicely in bottle. Only 3,000 bottles were filled with the 2011 harvest.
Www.JancisRobinson.com: Golden yellow, very bright in colour. It shows some reduction in the nose, and some mineral echoes (wet flint). The oak frames the wine but does not overwhelm. The fruit is ripe, from a warm vintage, it shows some tangerine-rind notes, and plenty of balsamic.
Stephen Tanzer: (70% treixadura, 15% godello, 10% albarino and 5% loureira): Bright gold. Melon, nectarine and spices on the nose and palate. Smoky, spicy and incisive, with very good depth and energy to its pit fruit and honeydew flavors. A bitter lemon pith nuance adds focus and bite to the finish, which clings with spicy intensity and lingering smokiness.