2013 Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Brut Nature Rosat Penedes

SKU #1146232 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 All bottles from the new Classic Penedès category for sparkling wines have to carry a vintage, so what used to be non-vintage wines have been transformed into vintage ones, as is the case with the 2013 999 Rosado Brut Nature. This is a blend of an obscure clone of Xarello called Xarello Vermell and Pinot Noir that matured in bottle for a minimum of 15 months. The carbonic gas feels quite powerful and invaded my nostrils as soon as I put my nose in the glass, denoting youth. The aromas combine rose petals and red berries, not terribly complex, but clean and with a straightforward palate with abundant bubbles. Simple, but satisfying.  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

Can Mayol is one of our favorite Spanish direct import properties. Working organically, and employing biodynamic treatments on their property, they produce sparkling Penedes wines of real expression and stunning purity. The 999 is a blend of Pinot Noir and Xarel-lo Vermell (rare red skinned mutation of Xarel-lo), full of crisp, tangy red fruit flavors and without a hint of sugar (dosage) added. If you like your bubbly dry, this is one to try! Very interesting, delicious and a real overachiever at under $13! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2017 | Send Email
We're incredibly lucky that our buyer Joe isn't greedy. I could easily see this spectacular wine selling for twice the price without anyone blinking an eye. But instead we get this spectacular rosé, one of the least expensive in the store, for a minuscule price. I'm not complaining. It's brut nature but not austere. Lovely aromatics of fresh red fruit and exotic teas. Superbly drinkable and refreshing, plus at this price you can just throw it around without thinking about it too much. Gifting this to everyone until it runs out.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
This was my go to bubbly rose last year and with the recent heat wave I was so glad it came back in. I was excited to see it and even more excited when I tasted it and thought it was even better than last year. Wild strawberry and some yeasty notes in the nose lead to a rather creamy palate with bright red berry notes, plenty of acid and tons of complexity. The finish is wonderfully dry and refreshing and goes on far longer than I expected. Seriously this little rose is silly good especially at this price, bring on the heat!!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2017 | Send Email
Year after year, this is consistently one of my top Rose bubbles in the richer, darker style. Not to imply that this is a sweet wine. It's quite dry, but has great intensity of cherry and strawberry fruit, with a good textural richness on the palate. Recently, Loxarel has begun to vintage date their Rosat as well as their other wines, demonstrating the time in bottle which their wines receive before release. The quality here is fantastic at this ridiculously low price point.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
The low price here may fool you into thinking this is just a simple sparkling wine but don't sell this substantial cava short. Bone dry in style with intense red fruits and a hint of spice, this greatly outperforms the price point. Add this to your list of great Spanish wine values to try soon.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Can Mayol's Loxarel 999 is quickly moving from hidden gem to popular favorite. While this wine doesn’t feature the native Trepat that sometimes makes it into Loxarel’s rosés, it is no less of an interesting, rustic sparkler. Bright red fruit with an exuberant effervescence, gorgeous mousse texture, and singing dry finish, 999 shows a complexity that’s shocking given the price. Another win for the DI program!

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2015 | Send Email
This is a super impressive value bubbly that delivers fun, delicious red fruit flavors with a dry, clean finish. At $13 bucks, this bottle totally over-delivers! Super recommended for any occasion.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
Little by little, more folks are discovering this gem of a a producer of sparkling Penedes wine (they refuse to label it Cava, since cava can technically come from many places outside of the Penedes region where they are based). This is our go to household pink bubbly. It is unapologetically dry, yet so flavorful, explosive and authoritative on the palate, that it is hard to believe we are dealing with under $15 bubbles here. Tangy red fruits, perhaps a suggestion of hibiscus, combine with a nice bead and pleasing texture to make this such a great sparkling wine for the money. As this is a DI, I have been to the property, seen the care with which these vines are grown and the wine is made, and can only say that all of the Loxarel wines, including this one, have my highest recommendation.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
I love Rose, and I love it even more if it has bubbles in it and only takes $12.99 out of your pocket. This sparkling Cava has quickly cemented itself as one of our everyday bottle of bubbles in our house. Super dry, with no dosage to hide behind, the palate is crisp and clean, notes of raspberry and dried cranberry. Pure, almost crystalline, delicious wine.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2014 | Send Email
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This is an absolutely wonderful, delicious Cava Brut Rose with distinctive red fruit characteristics of strawberry and red cherry, not only in the mouth, but in its high-profile aromatics. Dry, clean, and crisp across the palate, this Gem finishes with a mouthwatering set of flavors. The Bean has informed me that we need cases of this brilliantly produced Gem before the summer ends. It will be our house sparkler for however long it is around. You should not miss this beauty.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2014 | Send Email
This is a bone dry and serious bottle of bubbly offered at a ridiculous price. With its sophisticated bead, laser like red fruit flavors of cherry and berry and steely finish, this would be right at home with the classiest of fare. Try this with surf & turf or sushi and don't be embarrassed by the price.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- 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.