Raventos i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Blanc de Blancs 2020 Organic 92pts
Raventos i Blanc is a winery located in the Conca del Riu Anoia region of Catalonia, Spain, and is known for its production of high-quality sparkling wines. The "Conca del Riu Anoia" is a designated wine region located in the Penedès area of Catalonia, which is renowned for its sparkling wine production. "Brut Blanc de Blancs" refers to the style of wine produced by Raventos i Blanc, which is a dry sparkling wine made exclusively from white grapes.
A family-owned winery with a long history of winemaking, dating back to 1497. The winery has a strong commitment to quality and sustainability, and is known for its innovative and traditional winemaking techniques. Also known for being one of the few wineries in the region that produces sparkling wines using only estate-grown grapes, which are carefully selected and hand-harvested.
Made using the traditional method, also known as the "Champagne method," which involves a second fermentation that takes place in the bottle, resulting in the characteristic bubbles of sparkling wine. This wine is made exclusively from white grape varieties, typically Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada, which are native to the Penedès region.
Commitment to biodynamic and organic winemaking practices, with a focus on preserving the terroir and expressing the unique characteristics of the Penedès region in their wines. The winery has received numerous accolades and awards for its sparkling wines, including its "Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Blanc de Blancs," which is considered a premium example of sparkling wine from Catalonia, Spain.
92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The impressive 2020 Blanc de Blancs comes from a catastrophic vintage when they lost a huge amount of grapes due to mildew, which forced them to purchase more grape from growers. This is very expressive, their youngest wine, from a vintage of concentration and power, a blend of 45% Xarel.lo, 40% Macabeo, 12% Parellada and 3% Malvasía de Sitges, a grape they are using to give the wine more freshness, as the variety keeps the acidity. This ages for a minimum of 18 months sur lie, but it might be more; all bottles carry the disgorgement date on the back label. This is tasty, saline and profound beyond the price point.
91 Points Wine Spectator
A firm backbone of Meyer lemon peel acidity frames this vivid sparkler, enmeshed with rich notes of lightly charred toast and smoked almond, backed by flavors of ripe white cherry and peach fruit. Hints of thyme and anise play on the finish. Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada and Malvasia de Sitges.
#29 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2022
Characterized by its pale straw-yellow color, fine and persistent bubbles, and complex aromas of citrus fruits, white flowers, and toasted bread. The wine is known for its crisp acidity, balanced by a subtle creaminess on the palate, and a long and elegant finish.
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