Raventós i Blanc: Stunning New Releases

The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a break away 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 the 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. Raventos is an extraordinary Cava producer and we enjoy tasting their cavas annually.   These three new releases are top-of-the line.

Raventós i Blanc 2017 De la Finca Conca del Riu Anoia ($34) 92  De la Finca is a blend of 60% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabu, and 10% Parellada. It displays a bright yeasty nose with a white citrus note and excellent freshness followed by light toastiness, good depth and richness with hints of apple and stone fruit. On the palate it offers a creamy texture with more apples, honey and minerals on the finish.  5.9 bars of pressure; in rack on the lees for 30 months; 21.24% alc

Raventós i Blanc 2018 De Nit Conca del Riu Anoia ($27) 92  Eye of the partridge color. Shows a multifaceted bouquet of fresh red berries and pomegranate. Precise and focused on the palate yet mouth filling with raspberry and cherry notes followed by a superb lingering, rich finish of red berries and minerals. A blend of 40% Xarel-lo, 34% Macabeo, 19% Parellada, 7% Monastrell certified organic grapes fermented in stainless steel with no malo and aged on the lees for 18 months. 4 g/L RS 5.8 bars pressure. From certified organic grapes; disgorged Dec. 14, 2020; 12% alc.

Raventós i Blanc 2016 Textures de Pedra Conca del Riu Anoia ($43) 93+  Textures de Pedra consists of a blend of 50% Xarel-lo Vermell, 25% Sumol and 25% Bastard Negre. Medium yellow straw with a coppery tinge. Hints of stone fruit on a mineral, terroir driven nose. Softly textured with complex flavors of toast, stone fruit skin, apricot pit. Rich and mouth filling with good extract on the finish. Very rich and persistent. Overall, very soft, complex with delicate flavors.  In rack on the lees for 48 moths 5.0 bars pressure.  From certified organic grapes; disgorged  October 27, 2020  12.5% alc.

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