2011 Can Mayol Loxarel "Reserva Familiar" Brut Nature Classic Penedes (Previously $20)

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Can Mayol, which bottles under the trademarked name "Loxarel," is a winery that has farmed organically for 15 years. The Mitjan family, owners of Can Mayol, also employ some biodynamic treatments. They keep animals, including chickens, a horse and a donkey named Garnatxa. While the focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) sparkling wine production, they also produce some very interesting still wines. In their chalky, high-altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines, among the highest in the Penedès D.O.), Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. Featuring some of the property's oldest, most prized parcels of Xarel-lo grapes, the reserva familiar sees over six years on its lees. This is very impressive bubbly that we can honestly say gives a lot of Champagne at twice the price a real run for its money.

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Staff Image By: Stephen Allison | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2018 | Send Email
Loxarel’s Family Reserve 2011 is a phenomenal value in sparkling wine. The wine pours a pale gold with very fine beads. Strong but not overpowering aromas of almond, bitter apple, honeydew melon rind and lemon peel. The wine is fruit forward but the long lees aging has given the nose a creamy, soft quality that adds more dimension to the wine and smoothes over whatever sharp edges may have been present. Structurally, a touch of brusque phenolic bitterness on the finish keeps things from getting too delicate. Pair with rich, oily seafood dishes.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2017 | Send Email
The 2011 is creamier and a bit richer than the 2010, though maintaining the dry, linear features that give this wine its unique character. Flavors of apple, lemon, and stony/chalky minerals gain extra roundness from the extended time (six-plus years) on the lees. Instead of crunchy green apples, the profile here shows more ripened, baked golden apples, hints of baking spice, and moussey bubbles. This profound and versatile wine will pair perfectly with the same foods you might pair with Champagne, from creamy Mahon cheese to fresh yellowtail crudo, or even buttermilk fried chicken. Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2017 | Send Email
Once again, another release of Loxarel Reserva Familiar brings the goods. As always, the aromatics are filled with generous yellow fruits, clean chalk and some traces of the Mediterranean countryside. It's the palate where the fireworks really begin: ripe citrus fruits show real precision and a mouthwatering saline quality as well, with a fine stream of bubbles creating a wonderful texture, and flavors that linger nicely long after taking a sip of the wine. For this organic, estate grown, old vine Xarel-lo dominated blend, carefully aged on its lees for over five years and then hand disgorged (and hand labelled!) to come in at under $20 is mind boggling. I don't say this lightly, but pound for pound, euro for euro and dollar for dollar, this is my favorite bottle of bubbles in the store.

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