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Raventos i Blanc Gran Reserva de la Finca Brut 2013

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Spain
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11.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from Raventos i Blanc's oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils.

Situated on the highest terraces of the River Anoia, the Vinya dels Fòssils vineyard has marine soils with a high fossil content. This characterises the structure and the soil composition of this vineyard. The carbonates are the component that provides the main source of typicity to this sparkling wine with a high saline expression. It is a sparkling wine with a unique identity and personality.

Blend: 50% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo, 10% Parellada.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 De la Finca, from the estate, is the wine originally designed by Pepe Raventós' grandfather and it is produced with grapes picked from the Vinya dels Fòssils, the fossil vineyards part of El Serral, the east-facing part of their porperty—which has limestone soils from 16 million years ago rich in marine fossils. It tends to produce the more mineral wines here. It is a blend of 50% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 10% Parellada. Each variety is produced separately, blended and put in bottle for the second fermentation, and the bottles are never disgorged before they've been in contact with the lees for 30 months, during which time they are manually turned. 2013 is a low pH and high acidity vintage, something Pepe Raventós loves. They consider 2013 one of the best vintages ever in their property, which produced electric acidity and great clarity. 43,526 bottles produced. This is very chalky and salty, like a sea breeze and as it's kept in contact with the lees for longer, it has more developed aromas and a superb texture provided by the tiny bubbles. It's very lively and youthful, vibrant, with tension, with years ahead of it. This is truly outstanding. It could very well be the finest vintage of this wine ever.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A minerally version, with up-front petrol and spice notes lacing the poached cherry, salted almond and lemon peel flavors that ride the delicate mousse. Elegant and harmonious. Disgorged February 2017. Drink now through 2020.
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Raventos i Blanc

Raventos i Blanc

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Raventos i Blanc, Spain
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Raventos i Blanc was founded in 1986 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family who wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today they own about 300 acres of vineyards (with a high percentage of Chalk in the soil, like Champagne) planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada. All three of these grapes are found in the excellent value Brut "L'Hereu".

Raventos i Blanc is the only Cava producer to estate grow and estate bottle all of their Cavas. The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Catalan Integrated Production Council (CCPI). The Cavas are found on such 3 star Michelin restaurants as El Bulli and Arzak, and represent the highest quality in Cava and an incredible value in sparkling wine.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

Champagne & Sparkling

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Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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