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Raventós i Blanc L'Hereu 2012

Vinous 91pts:

Pale yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced lemon pith and quince aromas are complicated by chamomile, musky herbs, buttered toast and an exotic touch of roasted coffee. Spicy, focused and dry on the palate, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors that flesh out slowly. Weighty but lithe, too, with strong closing cut and lingering floral and mineral qualities. The interplay of power and elegance here is pretty impressive

From the importer:

The Raventós i Blanc estate, which is comprised of 90 hectares of woodlands and vineyards, was founded in 1497 and has been passed on through the family to the present day – each generation involved in wine making and grape growing. It was a member of the Raventós family, Josep Raventós Fatjó, who made the first Cava in 1872. In 1984, on the family estate, Josep-Maria Raventós I Blanc founded the winery as we know it today with a singular focus on achieving the highest quality wines. Today, the father and son team of Manuel and Pepe Raventós (Josep-Maria’s son and grandson) work side by side, continuing the prestigious lineage of this remarkable estate.

In December 2012, Raventos i Blanc took an important step in its evolution, leaving the Cava DO and creating a new designation, Conca del Riu Anoia. This small geographical area will convey strict viticultural traditions, the strength of the land, the unique, indigenous grape varieties and the characteristics of the soils.

From the plots of La Plana and El Viader, L’Hereu is vinified in the traditional method (Champenoise). Vinification in stainless steel tanks followed by blending and secondary fermentation in bottle, aged for a minimum of 18 months. Vines are 20-50 years old, all handpicked and farmed biodynamically. Dosage: 5gr/l

Winemaker’s Notes: Style, that identity that defines a winery, is reflected in this cava. The search for clarity and purity has produced this sparkling wine with a gentle citric aroma highlighted by hints of white fruits, with all the olfactory elements in perfect balance. The palate is built on both freshness and concentration: a wine that combines firmness and smoothness with creamy bubbles. A long and very clean finish. 40% Macabeo, 35% Xarel.lo & 25% Parellada

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