2012 Raventós i Blanc "L'hereu" Conca del Riu Anoia Brut
Wine & Spirits
The Raventos family doesn’t label their wine as Cava. In 2012 they decided to leave the DO as they consider it too generic, preferring to focus on a tighter geographic identity: the calcareous and sandy soils of the Conca del Riu Anoia, where they grow most of their grapes. L’Hereu is their basic blend of the three native grapes of Catalonia, aged on its lees for 18 months. What’s impressive is how crystalline and cool the flavors feel, with herbal notes over delicate citrus fruit. The bubbles feel fine and refreshing, the wine cool and vibrant, a memory of sweet spice that brings you back for a second glass.
Pale yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced lemon pith and quince aromas are complicated by chamomile, musky herbs, buttered toast and an exotic touch of roasted coffee. Spicy, focused and dry on the palate, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors that flesh out slowly. Weighty but lithe, too, with strong closing cut and lingering floral and mineral qualities. The interplay of power and elegance here is pretty impressive. (JR)
***Editors' Choice*** Smoky, oaky aromas of popcorn and buttered toast are louder than this bubbly's citrus and white-fruit scents. A bright, juicy, citrusy palate is full of pulse, while tangerine, orange and lemon flavors cut a direct path to a zesty finish showcasing white peach and nectarine flavors. (MS)
Produced from nearly 100% estate, biodynamically grown Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-Lo, this just may be the classiest, best-made brut Cava (though not labeled as such due to the estate's disagreement with who is allowed to call their wine Cava) currently on the market. From their variety of calcareous clay soils, to the careful harvesting and proximity of their gravity flow winery, both the quality of raw material and oenological know-how are abundant at this terrific estate. There is a very tiny dosage, less than 6g/l, and the overall impression here is of a very mineral, clearly delineated, chiseled sparkling wine that is truly first-rate. When you taste this wine, you will see why some of Spain's best Michelin three stars such as El Bulli and Arzak continue to feature this terrific Cava.