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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Mont-Marcal Cava Brut Rosado Reserva 2008
Mont-Marcal Cava Brut Rosado Reserva 2008
(search item no. 107723)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

One hundred percent Trepat, a Catalan black variety especially apt for rosé production.
Color: Intense and attractive redcurrant with violet tones. Fine bubbles and mousse. Bouquet: Dominated by berries such as cherries and blackberries, with a base of plum and fig compote and slight evolution from its contact with the lees. Palate: on the palate it is young, fruity, fresh, soft and above all elegant.
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About Mont-Marcal:

Manuel Sancho's 230-acre estate, "Finca Manlleu," is located on a prominent chalky knoll five miles south of Vilafranca del Penedès overlooking the hamlet of Sant Marcal. One hundred acres are planted to Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay for white wines; Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. The "Mont" provides 360-degree exposure, creating a wide variety of microclimates for maturation of the various varieties.

In 1975, Manuel Sancho purchased a neglected 19th-century convent, originally a 14th-century farmhouse, converting it to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and initiating the restructuring of the vineyards. Recent excavation has expanded the CAVA aging and bottling capacity, at the same time revealing medieval underground passageways in the chalk which have been carefully preserved for additional bottle storage.

Intrinsic vineyard quality and careful handling of the grapes obtain a naturally-rich base wine in little need of dosage. Mont-Marcal Brut Reserva is produced from the indigenous white grapes, Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Xarel-lo, aged at least 24 months with the yeast, and disgorged on order for shipment.