All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – This is produced from what Pepe Raventós considers a great vintage that will be considered historic in the future. That year they harvested 25 days later than the recent average, so the grapes had time to ripen slowly to perfection with a long cycle that also held acidity and the wines are very fresh. This is sourced mostly form the Viña de la Plana, which has plenty of clay on the chalky mother rock (120 centimeters below) and quite deep soils that produce wines of good freshness and balance. They also use part of purchased grapes from organic growers as their idea is to keep some 20% of grapes from external suppliers. They like to work with some of the old-timers, the local people that know and understand the zone. The wine blends the three traditional grapes, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada and ages no less than 18 months in contact with the lees (with a maximum of 30 and an average of 24). It is Extra-Brut (five grams of residual sugar). The powerful and expressive nose is really fresh, mixing fennel, aniseed, bread dough, in a very balanced, elegant and subtle way. The palate is extremely fresh (the signature of the vintage) and balanced with amazing weight of fruit, the lees/yeasts do not overpower the fruit and the finish is very long. This is one of the best sparkling wines in its category and price range, especially in this vintage.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – There is a new label here, the 2013 Miranius, an entry-level, young white produced with Xarello and 14% Macabeo grapes from a diversity of their own vineyards. All these characterful whites reward aeration and time in the glass (or even a decanter) and after a few minutes I detected some unusual aromas of morel mushrooms and curry that took me to the yellow wines of the Jura. It has a chalky minerality plus straight and fresh acidity that is great. This is a real bargain!
The Wine Front – Great value white blend. Made using 55% Macabeo, 30% Verdejo, 15% Sauvignon Blanc. Texture, flavour, a bit of difference. You’d jump at a glass of this every time. It tastes of pear, brine and apple and has an exaggerated floral lift, almost raspberry-like. Or honey and wax maybe. You get the drift. It works a treat.