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Agusti Torello Mata is one of the leading producers of Cava in Penedès, and also produce some still wines from the same grape varieties.
91 points Vinous: "Pale orange. Intense red berry, blood orange and rose pastille scents, along with zesty minerality and a hint of white pepper. The juicy, focused and energetic palate reveals vibrant, mineral-tinged tangerine and raspberry flavors that deepen and expand with air. This vintage shows more depth and breadth than the 2012, with a taut, sharply focused finish that echoes the floral and red fruit notes emphatically." (1/2016) 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-orient... Read More »
Bottling under the trademarked name "Loxarel," Can Mayol 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. The focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) Penedes sparkling wine (they abandoned the "Cava" designation a few years ago). Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very ex... Read More »
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) sparkling wine production, they also produce some very interesting still wines as well. In their chalky, high altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines, among the highest in the Penedès D.O.), Xarel... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Agusti Torello Mata Brut Reserva is a blend of classic Cava varieties including 44% Macabeu from 41-year-old vines. It has impressive intensity on the nose with fine yeast and bread aromas with crisp delineation. The palate is packed full of strawberry and Morello fruit on the entry that is counterbalanced by the fine thread of acidity. It finishes in style with a flourish of green apple and a hint of buttered toast. This is a very satisfying Brut Reserva. Drink now-2016. Although Agusti Torello was founded in 1950, this estate sold its Cava t ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Spiced and aromatic, with a creamy mousse carrying the ripe pear, chopped almond and lemon meringue pie flavors. Subtle finish. (AN)" (12/2014)
Made from Macabeo and Xarel-lo from vines up to 50 years old in the Penedes region, best known for Cava (Avinyo also makes good Cavas) this is a delicious, thirst quenching wine that hints at Muscat's floral and herbal, tarragon-like qualities, but also shows great cut, with delicious citrus and appley fruits, refreshing fizziness, and a dry finish that begs another (large) sip. Think Txakoli, but with a touch lower acidity and an appealing faintly herbal quality. A great wine for grilled veggies (particularly asparagus) and an ideal white for spring and... Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Gran Reserva de Familia is a traditional blend of the three Cava grapes produced by the traditional method (but it's not a Cava, it's a Penedès sparkling wine), which aged in contact with the lees in bottle for 50 months with no dosage. The nose is full of fennel, flowers and aromatic herbs, with hints of orange peel that made me think of a chalky barrel-fermented white, more a white wine which happens to have bubbles. Those are the flavors you find in the palate, certainly unusual but they give it a completely different and welcomed personality ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A lightly perfumed nose of white flowers, fresh herbs and dry stone fruits sets up a round, elegant palate with no coarseness. Briny, slightly salty citrus flavors are focused and steely, while a steady, mildly salty finish is in great shape and confirms this bubbly's high level of quality and purity. Drink through 2019." (8/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Smoky, umami nose - really smells just like rare roast beef! The blend for this wine includes three local dark-skinned Catalan varieties: 20% Xarello Vermell, 20% Sumoll and 20% Bastard Negre. Also 30% pale-skin ...Read More »
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Bottling under the trademarked name "Loxarel," Can Mayol 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. The focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) Penedes sparkling wine (they abandoned the "Cava" designation a few years ago). Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive ... Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Kripta, aged 60 months in bottle in contact with yeasts is a blend of the classical Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada. The color is a bright-yellow, with plenty of toasty bread, brioche, yeast and smoke aromas, with fennel and aniseed notes intermixed with white fruit and sweet spice aromas. The palate has clean, pungent, delineated, sharp citric acidity, good integration and balance and a long aftertaste. A Cava for food and pretty good value. (LG)" (2/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Pure and crystalline expression, it makes me wonder how a delicate nose can bri ...Read More »
Produced from 6 distinctive parcels on the Raventos property, this gran reserva bottling from Raventos is one of our very best sparkling wines in stock. Aromas of subtle toast, apple and citrus lead to a very bright palate, focused and with terrific energetic drive. The wine spends four years on the lees which add complexity, but given the quality of the raw material here there is still a very bright and youthful quality to this wine.
Produced from vineyards with a combination of clay, slate and gravel, around the Penedes village of Torrelavit, this delicious blend of Macabeu, Malvasia de Sitgess and Xarel-lo and Xarel-lo l is thoroughly original. Given a four day maceration on the skins, four months of light battonage and agening in concrete, this white shows an intense, pithy yellow and golden fruited quality. Delicious wine with a lovely texture and terrific flavors. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)
Agusti Torello Mata is one of the leading producers of cava in Penedes. They only use estate fruit and focus on vintage dated, tradtional method sparkling wines; also they only bottle reserva and gran reservas. Their gran reserva is a lovely, no dosage beauty with wonderful balance between subtle yeasty notes, minerality and fruit. While this would be a beautiful toasting cava or aperitivo, it has the vinous stuffing and elegance to pair with a meal. Grilled, salt cured, or raw fish would all work quite nicely with this reference point for dry cava. (Joe... Read More »
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.