2009 Raventos i Blanc "L'Hereu de Nit" Brut Reserva Rosé Cava

SKU #1108622 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of rosewater, fish scale and Morello cherries, all beautifully defined and drawing you in. The palate is crisp and tense on the entry: a minimalist rose cave that is based on freshness and poise rather than delivering fruit intensity. It is a delicate, very pretty, harmonious Cava rose that is sensual and alluring. Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this? Drink now-2015+ .Raventos I Blanc produce a clutch of excellent Cavas and in the case of De Nit, one of the finest I encountered during my tastings. The estate has belonged to the Raventos family since 1497 and it was Josep Raventos Fatjo who is credited with making the first Cava way back in 1872. Nowadays, it is Manuel Raventos who is both president and oenologist.  (4/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Top 100 Wines of 2012* This has a pretty light color, with dry raspberry and citrus scents. The palate is pure and elegant, with tangerine, grapefruit and nectarine flavors. This finishes longer than most, with poise and grace.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

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 larger wineries 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, as well as a small portion of direct press Monastrell, are found in this delicate, beautiful rosé bottling.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2012 | Send Email
This is sparkling rosé at its finest! While many rosé bubblies (Cava as well as others) come across as a bit obvious, very fruity and lacking both subtlelty and intrigue, here is a wonderful exception. It is not only the finest rosé cava we have ever stocked(no contest, there) but arguably one of our very best rosé bubblies in stock. If you're looking for a wine that garners equal attention for its beauty in the glass and its precise flavors on the palate, then the Raventos de Nit rosé is one to purchase in quantity to have on hand for the holiday and the new year.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.