2011 Raventos i Blanc 'Texturas de Pedra" Brut Penedes
*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.
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-skinned Xarello and 10% Parellada. Very different from the Cava norm. This blend was aged for 42 months on the lees. Great texture: no froth but tight knit interest of a Krug-like quality. The idea is to create a seriously ageworthy Blanc de Noirs. There's a lightly honeyed note. But serious stuff on the palate. This is a wine to seriously challenge the Cava status quo. Admirable persistence. 17/20 points. (JR)
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. Texturas de Pedra is Raventos' newest wine. It is a Blanc de Noirs from local grape varieties including Xarel-lo Vermell, Sumoll and Bastard Negre. It is a wine of great character and ageability as well. Very rare! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)