Raventós i Blanc: Classy Sparkling Wines from Penedès

ART Raventos Logo The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a breakaway member of the Codorníu family, with the objective of making Cavas of exceptional quality. Today, Josep’s grandson Pepe (shown here with his father Manuel) continues that pursuit on the estate’s 120 ha of low-yielding vines planted in sedimentary calcareous soils. The Raventós vineyards are sustainably farmed, and yields are kept low by aggressive green harvests. Winemaking at Raventós is as meticulous as the viticulture. Raventós is an extraordinary producer of sparkling wine, and we enjoy tasting their new releases annually. Raventós no longer uses the Cava appellation and instead labels its wines as coming from Conca del Riu Anoia, which is located in Penedès.

ART Raventos Foto As we wrote in The Best Cavas of Catalonia and in Report #42 The Wines of Catalonia, in our opinion, Raventós i Blanc is among the elite producers of luxury sparkling cuvées (i.e., Cava) in Spain. US importers include Valkyrie, Potomac Selections and Michael Skurnik.

Raventos i Blanc 2013 De Nit Rosé Penedès ($30) 92 Bright light pink. This is an extremely fresh rosé that shows light red berry and freshly baked bread scents and flavors. It’s precisely focused with a refined, pure finish. A blend of 42% Macabeu, 37% Xarel-lo, 14% Parellada, and 7% Monastrell that spends 18+ months on the lees. 4.2 g/L RS

Raventos i Blanc 2012 De La Finca Gran Reserva Penedès ($40) 92 Showing toasty lees notes, De La Finca is an elegant sparkler with excellent depth. It’s crisp and dry yet has a rich, creamy mouth feel and finishes long with thick extract. A blend of 45% Xarel-lo, 42% Macabeu, and 13% Parellada aged on the lees a minimum of three years. 1.8 g/L RS

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Raventos i Blanc 2011 Textures de Pedra Blanc de Negres Penedès 93 With a tinge of light pink, the Textures de Pedra shows red berry fruit on the nose and palate. Focused and mineral-like, it’s a clean, crisp and serious wine with exceptional balance and length. The most refined of the Raventos i Blanc offerings. 30% Xarel-lo, 20% Xarel-lo Vermell, 20% Sumoll, 20% Bastard Negre, and 10% Parellada, sourced from the Vinya Més Alta, aged 42+ months on the lees. 2.2 g/L RS

Raventos i Blanc 2013 L’Hereu Penedès ($25) 91 Revealing leesy notes of pear and apple, L’Hereu is fresh and balanced with bright acidity and good extract on the finish. 45% Macabeu, 40% Xarel-lo, and 15% Parellada from the aged 18 months on the lees. 5.8 g/L RS

February 2016

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