2008 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature Penedes

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Can Mayol, which bottles under the trademarked name "Loxarel," is a winery that has been farming organically for more than a decade. The Mitjan family, owners of Can Mayol, also employ some biodynamic treatments. They keep animals, including chickens, a horse and a donkey named Garnatxa. While the focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) Cava production, they also produce some very interesting still wines as well. (We will likely bring a few of these in for spring/summer…) In their chalky, high altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines, among the highest in the Penedès D.O.), Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. The tiny portion of Chardonnay that goes into this blend of Xarel-lo and Parellada is fermented and aged in 300-liter used oak barrels, adding some dimension and subtle toast to this very clean, mineral, bone dry expression of Cava. This is classy stuff. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2013 | Send Email
Mr. Manekin has been so great at finding Direct Import gems for us, I really can't say enough good things about the program he has built as the Spanish Buyer here at K&L. This Cava lives up to his reputation. Very serious wine,Cava often gets a bad wrap, this is very much good sparkling wine regardless of region. Dry and racy, I am a sucker for wine with bracing acidity, this is however balanced with pretty golden pear and just a hint of toast. I brought this to my uncle and he proclaimed that this is the first sparkling wine he has like as much as Champagne. Enough said.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2012 | Send Email
I love this Cava! A new Direct Import for us, Loxarel's 'Refugi' Brut Nature is so racy and pure, super-dry and very mineral-driven in aroma and flavor...one sip and you're hooked. There's just enough leesy character for complexity; lean muscle for depth and persistence. You will regret buying just one, trust me. For the freshest crustacean or shellfish, or any occasion, really.

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2012 | Send Email
From a small producer that specializes in Xarel-lo, the Refugi boasts a small amount of Chardonnay. It also spends 30 months sur lie, which explains its leesy aromas and texture. It smells like a cross between Champagne and dry cider, with a firm bead, great acidity and a slightly prickly texture. A stellar Cava and a great buy!
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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 12