A recent tasting of world class Cava, this appellation is on fire! Champagne pay attention!
2016 Raventós, Cava, Raventós i Blanc, de Nit (RT 94) Raventós is a 100% biodynamic estate that produces stunning quality wines of enormous varietal expression. This ancient estate dating back to 1497 is comprised of 90 hectares of vineyards. De Nit is their rose sparkler that shows incredible finesse and precision, with a sublime mouth texture as it offers up delicate notes of strawberry, raspberry and white flowers. A punctuation mark of minerality makes it very alluring. The mouthfeel is beautifully balanced with impressive fruit and acidity that keep you coming back for another sip. This is a fabulous expression of Cava and is very well priced in the market and is a must-try for the sparkling aficionado! Drink now – 2029+
2007 Gramona, Cava Gran Reserva, Brut Nature, Ill Lustros (RT 93) Blended from 65% Xarello & 35% Macabeu, Gramona is an established house specializing in long aged Cava. Here the grapes are both organic and biodynamic grown, and the quality of fruit is superb. Lustros is aged for more than 70 months on lees. Despite its aging, it maintains a crisp, fresh style showing notes of lemon, apple and alpine herbs with a hint of nuttiness showing through. With time in the glass the aging reveals hints of brioche. Light on its feet and revealing a lovely, long finish, this is a drop-dead beautiful wine. Drink now – 2030+
2012 Recaredo, Cava, Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Terrers (RT 92) Crafted from 58% Xarello, 32% Macebeu & 10% Monastrell, this beautiful expression of organic and biodynamically produced Cava is aged under cork closure and is disgorged by hand using no freezing method. It reveals lovely terroir and elegance with crisp and fresh notes of bright hints of lemon zest, wet limestone, chamomile and hibiscus. The palate reveals a weightlessness that balances the fruit and acidity is a tactful way. Classic, premier quality Cava, drink now – 2026+
2005 Recareda, Cava, Brut Nature, Reserva de Recareda (RT 95) From the oldest Xarello and Macebeu vines at this fabulous estate – 65-70 years of age – comes this flagship wine. Aged for 10 years on lees under cork closure and hand disgorged with no freezing used. 100% organiz and biodynamic. It shows magnificent, ethereal notes of green apple, crisp pear, a hint of quince and a smattering of minerality that serves as a punctuation mark! With time in the glass notes of yeast and nuttiness emerge. The depth of fruit on the palate is something to behold – beautiful and breathtaking with superb balance and a long finish. Simply stunning, this is a benchmark Cava! Drink now – 2035+