Raventos i Blanc 2017 'De La Finca'
Origin: Catalunya, Spain
Grape(s): 60% Xarel-lo / 30% Macabeo / 10% Parellada
De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from Raventós' oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils.
Viticulture Notes: While this is certified organic, the Raventós go a bit further and practice biodynamic farming to create a balanced ecosystem. Vineyards have spontaneous plant covers, which gives biodiversity, fertility, and life to the soil. Manure from their animals is composted in winter. They use plant infusions as phytotherapy to minimize the use of copper and sulfur. They control Lobesia Botrana (grapevine moth) via sexual confusion.
Decanter: Rating: 96 (7/7/2021)
Gold Medal for World Wine Awards 2021! Intense honey, pear skin, apple and citrus fruit nose. Elegant and toasty in the mouth with a mineral-salty character. Long, expressive finish. A beautiful wine. Second glass please!
Vinous Rating: 93 (3/12/2021)
Translucent straw-yellow. Lively and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh Anjou pear, orange and floral scents and a smoky mineral topnote. Juicy, spice-tinged citrus and orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors show excellent clarity, deepening and taking on a touch of buttered toast with air. Fleshy and concentrated yet energetic as well, finishing impressively long and gently chewy, with resonating mineral and smoky lees notes.
The Wine Spectator Rating: 91 (9/30/2021)
This sparkler has an appealing toasty edge, with fresh, nicely balanced layers of pineapple, smoke, almond and brioche flavors. The mousse shows finesse. Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada. Disgorged August 2020.