2013 Raventos i Blanc "de la Finca" Gran Reserva Conca del Riu Anoia

SKU #1325228 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 De la Finca, from the estate, is the wine originally designed by Pepe Raventós' grandfather and it is produced with grapes picked from the Vinya dels Fòssils, the fossil vineyards part of El Serral, the east-facing part of their porperty—which has limestone soils from 16 million years ago rich in marine fossils. It tends to produce the more mineral wines here. It is a blend of 50% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 10% Parellada. Each variety is produced separately, blended and put in bottle for the second fermentation, and the bottles are never disgorged before they've been in contact with the lees for 30 months, during which time they are manually turned. 2013 is a low pH and high acidity vintage, something Pepe Raventós loves. They consider 2013 one of the best vintages ever in their property, which produced electric acidity and great clarity. 43,526 bottles produced. This is very chalky and salty, like a sea breeze and as it's kept in contact with the lees for longer, it has more developed aromas and a superb texture provided by the tiny bubbles. It's very lively and youthful, vibrant, with tension, with years ahead of it. This is truly outstanding. It could very well be the finest vintage of this wine ever. For comparison's sake, I also tasted a magnum. If you intend to lay it down, get magnums! There are some 4,000 magnums of this.  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
With 500 years of winemaking experience, it’s not hard to see why Raventos keeps producing stellar wines year after year. This 2013 bottling sources grapes from the vineyard ‘Vinya dels Fòssils,’ noted for its marine soil and high density of fossil deposits. This unique terroir is expressed in the wine with a noted saline quality and crisp minerality that dances on the tongue. This coupled with extended aging time on the lees (30 months) lends it to possessing marzipan and brioche toastiness on the palate. Acidity for this wine is also elevated, making it perfect as an aperitif or food pairing option. This Cava shines bright and can be easily compared to a variety of Champagnes at similar price points. Delicious!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2017 | Send Email
This is a sparkling wine that has it all: richness on the palate, zero dosage, balance of acidity, and a leesy creamy texture having spent three years in bottle before disgorgement. Raventos creates sparkling wines with character and depth all the way across the board, but the 2013 Gran Reserva has a delightful slight toasty quality which balances with the bone dry character and delivers what many Grand Cru Champagnes do not, at a much lower price point. This is definitely a wine to try in the holiday season!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
Though it is not their least expensive wine, this could well be the best value of the Raventos stable. It of course is all organically cultivated estate fruit, but in this case the vines are grown on an especially calcareous portion of their property, rich in marine fossils. The result is a sparkling wine with delicious yellow and citrus fruit, quite powerfully flavored, but with a chalkiness that combines with the bubbles to refresh the palate. There is such impressive length and purity here, that I think we can honestly pour this side by side with our favorite Champagnes and have the wine more than hold its own. Simply a great bottle of bubbles from one of the world's more serious sparkling wine producers.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
Raventós, founded in 1497, has been passed on to family since its establishment with each successive generation involved in wine making or grape growing. That in itself is impressive. Throw in the fact that in 1872 a member of the Raventós family, Josep Raventós Fatjó made the first Cava, and you're talking about a lineage of wine makers that has had a an impact on viticultural history here! This bio-dynamically produced sparkler would give any Champagne a run for its money. There's notes of toasted almonds, lemon tart and roasted golden delicious apples with a touch of brioche. The palate is rich and toasty with excellent minerality and a super dry finish from the low dosage (4gm/L). If you want to branch out and expand your sparkling wine options, buy something special for an occasion coming up, or just treat yourself to some beautiful sparkling wine, pick this up.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Penedes

Alcohol Content (%): 12