Raventós i Blanc and Can Sumoi: New Releases

Raventós i Blanc  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 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. They treat their estate with the utmost authenticity and tradition, giving priority to their terroir and their indigenous varieties.  Raventós is an extraordinary Cava producer and we enjoy tasting their Cavas annually. These three new releases are top-of-the line. Importer: Skurnik Wines and Spirits

The Wines

Raventós i Blanc 2019 De Nit Conca del Riu Anoia ($28) 92  The 2019 Extra Brut De Nit is a blend of 40% Xarel-lo, 39% Macabeo, 15% Parellada, and 6% Monastrell. It offers a lovely mousse and a light pink-orange color. It is bright and fresh on the nose and is both, slightly perfumy and yeasty. On the palate it reveals a creamy mouth feel, hints of dried cherries and a creamy finish. Aged on the lees for 18 months. A superb rosé RS 4.0 g/L

Raventós i Blanc 2014 Manuel Raventos Negra Conca del Riu Anoia ($70) 94 The magnificent 2014 Manuel Raventos Negra Brut Nature is traditional blend of 60% Sumoll, and 40% Xarel-lo Aged an extraordinary 70 months on the lees, it offers a lovely fresh mousse and reveals aromas and flavors of brioche and orchard fruit. It is beautifully balanced and has a crisp dry finish. A superb wine. RS 0.8 g/L

Raventós i Blanc 2017 Texturas de Pedra Conca del Riu Anoia ($38) 91 The 2017 Texturas de Pedra is a blend of 50% Xarel-lo Vermell, 25% Sumoll, and 25% Bastard Negre. It displays an attractive yellow-gold color and offers aromas of green apple on the nose. It is a complex wine revealing a crisp mouth feel with a hint of stones and modest fruit flavors on the palate with no dosage.  It finishes dry with 12.6% alc.

Can Sumoi is a new and exciting joint project of Pepe Raventós and childhood friend Francesc Escala involving the production of high altitude natural wines.   The estate of Can Sumoi consists of 400 hectares and is situated at six  hundred meters of altitude in the Serra de l’Home range in the Penedès.   The project currently involves thirty hectares of old Montonega, Xarel-lo and Sumoll vines cultivated organically on limestone soils.  The wines are produced without additives or filtration and minimal sulphur.  They’re low in alcohol with pleasant fruit and fresh acidity.  While still a work in progress, Can Sumoi has considerable promise producing first-class natural wines. Importer: Skurnik Wines and Spirits

The Wines

Can Sumoi 2021 Ancestral Montonega Penedes ($25) 90   The 100% Montonega of Can Sumoi displays a lovely mousse and aromas of apple and pear which carry over on to the palate. It has medium plus acidity, a ripe mouth feel, low alcohol  and a persistent finish. Aged in bottle 6 months.  9% alc.

Can Sumoi 2019 Sumoll-Garnatxa Penedes ($23) 89+ The 2018 Sumoll-Garnatxa is a blend of 50 % Garnatxa and 50% Sumoll. Fermented with 15 days maceration and aged in stainless steel for 12 months and 6 months in bottle. Medium dark ruby, it reveals fruit forward aromas of plum and cherry. It has light fruit flavors on the palate and a dry persistent finish. 13.2% alc.

Can Sumoi 2021 Xarel-lo Penedes ($26) 89  The Can Sumoi 100% Xarel-lo displays a deep yellow color with hints of burnt butter on the nose. It reveals moderate orchard fruit flavors on the palate, good structure and a moderate finish. 12.4% alc.

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