Raventos i Blanc 2011 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Raventos i Blanc 2011 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Item Number: 8073

UPC: 8-421478701008

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Catalunya
Appellation/AVA: Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2011
Grape(s): 50% Xarel-lo / 40% Macabeu / 10% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.2
Total Acidity: 7.2
pH: 2.98
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous base rock encrusted with marine fossils.

Vintage Notes: The year 2011 in the Conca del Riu Anoia was a vintage with a warm Mediterranean climate. Spring was wet and gave us an abundant supply of water for good plant growth to maturity. The dry summer with some timely rain and extremely warm temperatures for the area caused a rapid maturation and allowed for a healthy harvest. The choice of harvest date enabled Raventos to avoid over-ripening, thereby maintaining a good balance for the long aging period of the 'De la Finca' wine.

Vineyard Notes: The 'De la Finca' vines come from the masal selection which Manuel Raventós Doménech developed in 1888. He was the creator of the Penedés sparkling wine formula, combining the three native varieties of grape: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada. Manuel Raventós was already experimenting with planting small, separate plots and taking cuttings from the vines that produced the best grapes to create new vineyards. 'De la Finca' comes from nine plots with goblet trained vines planted between 1970 and 1987. The nine plots are situated on the slopes of the Serral hill, with a northern exposure, between the woods and the lake, where one finds the coolest temperatures during the ripening period. The Mirador del Serral and the vineyards of la Barbera. This terrain encourages long growing cycles, achieving an excellent balance for long-aged sparkling wines.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes enter the winery by gravity. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Slow pressing occurs at low pressures. Static sedimentation happens at low temperatures. Stainless steel tanks are used for the first fermentation. Next, wine is assembled and bottled for second fermentation in the bottle. The bottle matures for a minimum period of three years in a horizontal position. Disgorging date is listed on the back label.

Reviews

  • Decanter
    Rating: 91 (5/1/2015)

    Everything about this speaks elegance and finesse. Delicate aromas of citrus and patisserie and a palate of green herbs and pomelo. From indigenous varieties. Drink 2015-2018.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (1/21/2016)

    Yellow-gold. Zesty mineral and orange zest flourishes brighten musky pear skin, peach pit, chamomile and brown butter aromas. Full, fleshy and emphatically dry, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are accented by fennel, toasted nuts and chalky mineral notes. Walks a fine line between richness and delicacy, finishing extremely long and emphatically stony. This bottling is consistently one of Spain's finest and most complex sparkling wines – and this year's release is no exception. It's one of greatest bubbly values in the world, too.