2007 Agusti Torelló Mata "Kripta" Cava Brut Penedes
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)
Pure and crystalline expression, it makes me wonder how a delicate nose can bring such a long and flavourful expression on the palate. It is very delicate, electrifying and long. No hurry to drink. The nose fragility gives way to a perfectly balanced and never-ending wine. Very dry style finish. (FC) Bready, doughy nose. Lemon and apple fruit, smoky character on the finish - dry and savoury and gastronomic. Lovely saline quality on the finish. (RH) 18/20 points.
Agusti Torello Mata is one of the most respected Cava producers in Spain, focusing solely on vintage-dated Cavas and wines at the Reserva level and up. "Kripta" is their tête de cuvée, a wine that spends 60 months aging on the lees and is often referred to as one of Spain's greatest Cavas (or the greatest, depending on who you are talking to!). As delicious as the wine is, it is also bottled in a very unique, elegant, proprietary bottle that is curved at the base and then placed in a gift box, making it an ideal gift for any serious fan of Spanish wine.