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Raventos i Blanc Textures de Pedra 2012

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Penedes, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

Xarel.lo and Bastard Negre from Vinya Més Alta, located at the top of the Serral hill, the highest plot on the estate - an unusual stony soiled vineyard with excellent drainage and low yields. Sumoll and Parellada in a high altitude vineyard in the West of the Conca del Riu Anoia, in which the varieties are co-planted. Made in the traditional method. Vinification is done separately by variety (except Sumoll & Parellada) and soil type in stainless steel tanks followed by blending and secondary fermentation in the bottle, aged for a minimum of 42 months. Zero Dosage.

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The new kid on the block, first produced as a limited cuvée in 2011, is this unusual blend of traditional grapes, with other rarer Mediterranean varieties, 30% Xarello, 20% Xarello Vermell (a clone of Xarello which has a pinkish skin), 20% Sumoll (a red grape), 20% Bastard Negre (apparently Graciano, which I've never heard before), also a red grape, and 10% Parellada; it is a wine with low alcohol and high acidity that provided sharpness. The Xarello and Bastard Negre are planted at the highest altitude in the property on stony soils and produce very low yields, and the Summoll and Parellada were co-planted some 50 years ago, sourced from a local producer from the west of the river banks of the Arnoia River. The wine matured in contact with the lees for some 42 months and no sugar was added to it, so it's a Brut Nature. It's a darker shade of yellow, like a blanc de noirs, and it felt very serious, with a slightly closed nose. It develops more oxidative and lees notes, with smoky aromas and a core of ripe yellow fruit, exuberant and with a nice mouthfeel, very dry and tasty. This is closer to something from Selosse than Larmandier. This is a great addition to the portfolio, a nice complement.
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Raventos i Blanc

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Raventos i Blanc, Penedes, 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.

A superior source of white grapes for the production of Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo (here called Ull de Llebre in Catalan) for high quality reds and rosès.

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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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