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Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2015
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Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2015

 
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"The ultra pale sparkling rosé 2015 De Nit is a blend of 40% Xarello, 36% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Monastrell from their biodynamic vineyards. The color is obtained by pressing the Xarello and Monastrell together, which result in a pale must. It re-fermented in bottle for no less than 18 months and has 4.5 grams of sugar, so it's an extra brut. It's deliciously perfumed, subtle and elegant, with a core of ... read more
Item ID: #27740
Size: 750mL (bubbly)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 91
"The ultra pale sparkling rosé 2015 De Nit is a blend of 40% Xarello, 36% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Monastrell from their biodynamic vineyards. The color is obtained by pressing the Xarello and Monastrell together, which result in a pale must. It re-fermented in bottle for no less than 18 months and has 4.5 grams of sugar, so it's an extra brut. It's deliciously perfumed, subtle and elegant, with a core of aniseed, fennel and Mediterranean plants. It's more serious than the majority of rosés, more with the spirit of a white. The palate has the delicious flavors and the tastiness of the limestone soils and a somewhat bitter touch in the finish, perhaps the contribution of Monastrell. This is stunning. 200,000 bottles, 4,500 magnums and 8,000 half-bottles were produced."

Wine & Spirits 89
"This is juicy, firm and tense in notes of spicy sour cherries with hints of black pepper. As an aperitif, it is delicious, but also has enough body to accompany marinated sardines."

Tasting Notes
"An intriguing rosé that conceals the soul of a white wine in its purity and transparence. A splash of Monastrell imparts a special complexity and elegance to Raventós cuvée de Nit, though the classic mineral freshness of this revered Cava house is untouched. A wonderful selection for special occasions with delicate sandwiches, sliced ham, and young cheeses. This wine is made up of the traditional Cava varieties with a touch of Monastrell. The hand-harvested grapes are assembled and secondary fermentation occurs in bottle, which rests for at least 15 months before disgorgement."

The Estate
I had the chance to visit the property and taste with Pepe Raventós from Raventós i Blanc. He rejects the Cava appellation as it's a method and not a place and he wants origin as a first requirement. Josep 'Pepe' Raventós keeps working toward the creation of a new appellation in the historical banks of the Anoia River part of Penedès, where his idea would be to produce wines from local varieties worked organically, biodynamically if possible (they started a couple of years ago), with a minimum price paid for the grapes purchased form grape growers to create a sustainable business for the zone and its people.
All their wines are from single vintage and the sparkling ones are at most Extra-brut (max. five grams of sugar) and with a minimum of 18 month in contact with the lees. They source most of their grapes from their own estate in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia where they currently cultivate some 60 hectares from a total surface of 90. The oldest vines are planted on a north-facing slope they call Clos del Serral whose Xarello vines were panted are 80 years old. They produce some 800,000 bottles per year. They release limited quantities of recently disgorged old vintages that are stunning, although prices for them are on the high side.

-55% Macabeo, 30% Xarel.lo, 10% Parellada and 5% Monastrell
-Methode Champenoise
-Vinification in stainless steel
tanks
-Blending and secondary fermentation in bottle
-aged for a minimum of 15 months
-Vines are handpicked

About:
Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497 when the estate was founded in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. This date has been authenticated by documents at the estate and recognized by the Spanish Government. The first Cava in Spain was produced here in 1872 by Josep Raventos Fatjo. The estate as it is now, was founded in 1984 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family. He wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today Raventos owns about 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada.

When we visited the estate in July, Pepe Raventos, Joesp-Maria’s grandson described the philosophy of the winery to be “completely terrior driven”. Pepe has moved forward with a geological and climactic survey of the entire property which has revealed 44 individual parcels which will be managed separately.

Pepe worked with Didier Daganau in the Loire, Harold Hexamer in Nahe and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace before returning to his family’s winery in the Penedes in 2001, giving him perspective and insight into his own estate. “We have great red wine from many regions. For sparkling wine we always think of Champagne; maybe the world would like to taste another interpretation”. It is this sort of pioneering mentality, so focused on quality that has skyrocketed Raventos to the top of its category, served in 3 star Michelin restaurants like El Bulli and Arzak.

The soils at the estate are unique; the sedimentary calcareous soils were deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under the sea. At different altitudes the soils change, but the “mother rock” is all deep sedimentary limestone. At the very highest point, limestone and chalk soils are exposed, and this parcel is planted to Pinot Noir sourced from the Margaine estate in the Montagne de Reims.

As with all wines at the Raventos estate, The L'Hereu Reserva and the L’Hereu d’Nit Reserva Rosado are sourced entirely from estate grown fruit, all from a single vintage and aged for a minimum of 2 years.

The oldest vineyard, the Clos del Serral planted slightly lower is dominated by Galera, a compact clay. The vines here are 80 years old and are bottled as a single parcel wine, Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva.

The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Integrated Production Council (CCPI).

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Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497 when the estate was founded in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. This date has been authenticated by documents at the estate and recognized by the Spanish Government. The first Cava in Spain was produced here in 1872 by Josep Raventos Fatjo. The estate as it is now, was founded in 1984 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family. He wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today Raventos owns about 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada.

When we visited the estate in July, Pepe Raventos, Joesp-Maria's grandson described the philosophy of the winery to be "completely terrior driven". Pepe has moved forward with a geological and climactic survey of the entire property which has revealed 44 individual parcels which will be managed separately.

Pepe worked with Didier Daganau in the Loire, Harold Hexamer in Nahe and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace before returning to his family's winery in the Penedes in 2001, giving him perspective and insight into his own estate. "We have great red wine from many regions. For sparkling wine we always think of Champagne; maybe the world would like to taste another interpretation". It is this sort of pioneering mentality, so focused on quality that has skyrocketed Raventos to the top of its category, served in 3 star Michelin restaurants like El Bulli and Arzak.

The soils at the estate are unique; the sedimentary calcareous soils were deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under the sea. At different altitudes the soils change, but the "mother rock" is all deep sedimentary limestone. At the very highest point, limestone and chalk soils are exposed, and this parcel is planted to Pinot Noir sourced from the Margaine estate in the Montagne de Reims.

As with all wines at the Raventos estate, The L'Hereu Reserva and the L'Hereu d'Nit Reserva Rosado are sourced entirely from estate grown fruit, all from a single vintage and aged for a minimum of 2 years.

The oldest vineyard, the Clos del Serral planted slightly lower is dominated by Galera, a compact clay. The vines here are 80 years old and are bottled as a single parcel wine, Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva.

The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Integrated Production Council (CCPI).

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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