Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014

Intense ruby color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.

90 Points Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)

“The 2012 Barbera d’Alba is quite pretty. Bright red cherries, flowers, spices and mint all lift from the glass in a striking, perfumed Barbera long on class and personality. The flavors are precise and finely sculpted throughout.”

The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to PIO CESARE for generations, working their vineyards according to our directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Allier oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques that are half new and half one year old. The remaining 70 percent were aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks of Allier oak that are about 8 years old.

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Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010

A classic Barolo from one of the greatest ever vintages in Piemonte. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.

95 Points The Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic,well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish. Drink: 2016-2028.”

93 Points Antonio Galloni.

“Pio Cesare’s 2010 Barolo is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, lavender, smoke and savory herbs open up in the glass, followed by hints of orange peel and white pepper that add both lift and a hugely appealing element of exoticism. The firm, incisive tannins are going to need a few years to settle down. There is a lot to like in this classic, old-school leaning Barolo. The 2010 was made from less well-exposed parcels in Ornato, along with parcels in Collareto and Briccolina, both of which are in the same general area of Serralunga, plus dollops of fruit from La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, virtually all of it estate fruit.”

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Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014

Emerald gold tones which reflect a wine of finesse and distinction; the tasting is harmonious, fresh, full of flavours with hazelnuts, toasted almonds, grapefruit and lemon aromas.

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Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo

100% native varietal Fernão Pires is fortified to create a delicious sweet wine perfect for desserts such as custard tart or blue cheeses. Flavours of dried fruits are delivered from a smooth, textured palate with a lingering finish. Delightfully balanced and fresh. Great Value.

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Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016

Citrus notes combine with riper tropical fruit. The Arinto provides a freshness that complements the toasty complexity and richness of the Chardonnay.

Serve chilled at 12ºC. Recommended with fish, particularly cod fish and buttery cheeses

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Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016

Native varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires combine to create a lively and thoroughly enjoyable vin de soif. Riper tropical notes are framed by clean citrus flavours to create a refreshing yet well-balanced wine. Enjoy as an aperitif or with sea food. To be enjoyed in its youth.

 

 

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013

Tasting Note
Aromas and flavours of ripe yellow fruit, especially peach and loquat, with floral touches and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. A rich white wine with body and balancing acidity.

 

Gastronomy
Baked fish, Mediterranean traditional dishes, White meats with aromatic herbs.

 

Vinification
The grapes were manually harvested and placed separately in 18-kg boxes. They were then pressed in long and short cycles in the mornings. After the musts were clarified, the fermentation in new and 2nd-use French oak casks followed. The wine aged on fine lees for 8 months using the batonnage method. After the final cuvée was prepared, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled.

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012

Awards
‘Dried cranberries and pomegranate are fruity yet demure on the nose. Bold flavors mimic the fruity aromas on the palate, juicy and tart. A well integrated vanilla and toasty coconut flavor perfumes the finish, with a slightly leathery kick.’ – 92pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.

 
Tasting Note
Aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit with a touch of fragrant wild flowers, vanilla and spice from its ageing in French oak. The palate reflects the nose with a silky texture, a richness of flavour and good freshness.
Gastronomy
Serve at 16-18ºC. Serve with roasted meats such as game or beef.

Vinification
Crushing and total destalking of the grapes. Pre-fermentative maceration at controlled temperature of 15 ºC; Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 23ºC and maceration for 2 weeks. Before being bottled, the wine ages in new French oak barrels for 12 months.

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Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016

***Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017***

Fresh and fruity with good concentration. Juicy redcurrant and strawberry notes mingle with refreshing raspberry. This dry rose is ideal served as a sun-soaked refreshment or paired with chicken salads or sushi. To be enjoyed in its fruit-filled youth.

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Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016

Ripe notes of pineapple, blood orange and guava intertwine with herbal notes of asparagus and freshly mown grass. Dry, fresh and crisp on the palate with good persistence. An excellent aperitif or pair with goats’ cheese salad. Enjoy over the next couple years.

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Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013

A blend of native varietal Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe blackcurrant notes on the nose and palate with a touch of violet and hint of spice. 12 months maturation in French oak has added complexity and structure. Enjoy with roast beef. Enjoy within 2-5 years of vintage.

In The Press

‘Wild blackberry and heady violet on the nose. On the palate, it’s silky and savory. Juicy fruit, whiffs of vanilla and sandalwood, and hints of cedar and bitter nut skin on the finish. Assertive yet approachable tannins.’ – 91 Pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.

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Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014

A blend of Tinta Roriz, Castelão, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet create a medium-bodied, rich and lingering wine with smooth tannins which envelope ripe black fruit. Enjoy with sausages and cheeses. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

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Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016

A burst of passion fruit with a clean citrus streak. Some roundness in the mouth balancing the crisp mid-palate. A hint of herb. Elegant, refreshing and energetic. Pair with white fish dishes. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

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Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV
Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV
Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV

Amber yellow colour, the nose is fine, intense and quite complex, blending tropical aromas with crystallized orange, plus hints of balsam and spices. The palate is full bodied but elegant, well balanced with a long lasting finish.

87 Points Wine Enthusiast
“A gold colored wine, this is a medium-sweet white Port with maple syrup and toffee flavors balanced by fresh acidity. It would make a great cocktail base or can be drunk chilled on its own.” (10/1/2013)

White Reserva
Porto Branco Reserva is a delicate wine. Aromatic and complex, it is brimming with tropical, exotic and spicy notes. Produced from the most prestigious Grape varieties from the Demarcated Douro Region, it is the result of a rigorous selection of wines aged in oak casks in our cellars for an average of seven years.

Grapes varieties: Codega, Malvasia Fina, Viozinho, Rabigato.

Food pairing: Foie-gras, Dried fruits with Pata Negra ham, Red fruit desserts, Egg based cakes, Ice creams and cheeses.

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015

Clear & bright, it is golden in colour with traces of green. It has a sweet bouquet of white & yellow roses, peaches and apricots followed by complex hints of minerals. On the palate it’s full & rounded with notes of citrus fruits and minerals, a structured & fleshy with elegance & finesse.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Soft, earthy and gentle, this is already developing and drinkable. It has fresh lemon flavors along with bright pineapple. Finished with bright acidity, it is lightly mineral and crisp at the end. Drink now.”

Duas Quintas is a white wine from the Upper Douro, more specifically from Quinta de Ervamoira (150 metres altitude) and Quinta dos Bons Ares (600 metres altitude), and is a
blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region. It is a structured, unctuous white wine but also fine and elegant.
2013 was an excellent year for our production of white wines on the Upper Douro. Its climatic characteristics, namely a wet winter and dry summer, as well as the perfect conditions that occurred during harvest (between August 13th and September 18th), provided very well balanced grapes with great aromatic expression

 

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014

Clear and bright, intense garnet colour, with crimson reflections. Lively refreshing aroma, notes of spices, cinnamon, white pepper. The deeper bouquet has notes of wild berries, black plums and citrus. Very smooth and fresh on the palate, with silky tannins, balanced and easy to drink.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

“This densely structured, finely crafted wine is the latest vintage from one of the Douro’s iconic brands. It has great weight and, at the same time, elegant fruits and structure that offer good aging potential. It could be drunk now, but best to wait until 2016.”

 

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Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012

LBV Unfiltered comes from one single year and one single harvest. Whereas its richer cousin, the Vintage, is bottled in the second year, this wine is bottled in the fourth year. Smoother than the Vintage, more developed and easier to drink. It is a powerful, defiant, full-bodied and harmonious wine. It is a wine familiar with the flavours of chocolate and cheese. After the bottle is opened it remains at its best for a further 15 to 30 days, if properly stored. It is a wine that is not filtered and can therefore either be drunk immediately or be left forgotten in a cellar, developing further complexity.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The tannins are rather drying and aggressive on first pour, even if the big fruit is also front-and-center. It is certainly a very different vision of LBV Port than a lot of people will be accustomed to, but it does begin to come around with extended aeration (and a couple of days in the fridge). Fragrant and laced with strong fruit flavors, this ultimately showed beautifully. It really needs some more time in the cellar, but it is approachable if you give it some aeration.”

Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
“Gold Medal World Wine Awards 2014 – Gold Medal & Regional Trophy – Vibrant and full of rich fruit, this is still youthful in colour and shows both ripeness and pleasing restraint on the nose. Spice notes, violet, lavender and deep, dark fruit flavours have lovely freshness, and firm, ripe tannins give good grip. Nicely defined with plenty of complexity to keep it going.” June 2014

Grapes varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca.
Food pairing: Cheese soufflé, Partridge with glazed shallots and artichokes, Game, Cheeses, Chocolate and red fruits desserts.

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Ramos Pinto. History.

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are:

Quinta do Bom Retiro: in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties.
Quinta da Urtiga: adjacent to Bom Retiro.
Quinta da Ervamoira: in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions.
Quinta dos Bons Ares: a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and fresh flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

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Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)
Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)
Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)

This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. Its brick-red, even golden shades transport us to the Orient of spices, piquant and exotic aromas, with all its mysteries. Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created – “Quinta de Ervamoira”.

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90 Points Wine Enthusiast
“From the farthest reaches of the upper Douro, Quinta da Ervamoira has produced this sun-drenched wine, with great raisin flavors that vie with a fruity red-berry character. Both sweet from the dried fruits and dry from the intense acidity, with a light cocoa aftertaste, it is a balanced wine that can be drunk now.”  Roger Voss – October 2015

91 Points Wine Spectator
“This Tawny offers a smoky aroma, followed by lithe flavors of salted almond, macaroon and cedar. Notes of red currant and sandalwood emerge on the fresh and refined finish. Drink now.” Kim Marcus – September 30, 2015

90 Points Wine Spectator
“A plush style, offering flavors of hazelnut, dried apricot and butterscotch, showing good complexity and length. The long finish is richly spiced and smoky, with vanilla and marzipan notes. Drink now.” Kim Marcus – December 15, 2014

10 Year-old Tawny, Quinta de Ervamoira
This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. We are now entering the complex world of an aged tawny.
Its brick-red, even golden shades transport us to the Orient of spices, piquant and exotic aromas, with all its mysteries.
This is where the magical path towards the 20 Years and the 30 Years begins.
Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created – “Quinta de Ervamoira”.
It is in this mystical, biblical landscape that this wine is extracted from the schist, from the silence, for our delight.

Grapes varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca.
Storage: Store the bottle upright in a cool, dark place
Temperature: 16º to 18ºC

Prizes:
– 93/100 – Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2011, USA
– 92/100 – Wine Spectator Magazine, 2012, Kim Markus, USA
– 3 Gold Medals – International Wine Challenge, 1995/2004/2011, UK
– Gold Medal – IMBIBE Sommelier Wine Awards, 2013, UK

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Ramos Pinto – Vintage Port, 2000
Ramos Pinto – Vintage Port, 2000
Ramos Pinto – Vintage Port, 2000

An exceptional dark color with blue tones. It presents a complex ensemble of aromas that combines red fruit compote, ripe plum and small-berried fruits with notes of dark chocolate and pepper. Elegant and well-structured on the palate, extremely full-bodied and full of fruit flavors, a good concentration and firm tannins that will give it great aging potential. A seductive, warm finish that is long-lasting and velvety.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast 
“Herbal scents accent the nose of this Port, which otherwise shows pleasant plum and cocoa aromas. More plum on the palate, joined by black cherries and spice. It’s lush and intense, turning a little tart on the finish. Tannins are supple and not overly prominent, even at this young age.” W.E. – November 15, 2003

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Seductive, sexy, accessible. Dense with jammy red & black fruits, smoke, earth, licorice. Sweet, layered, full-bodied. Now-2020”

90 Points International Wine Cellar
“Moderately saturated medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black fruits, smoke, tree bark and tobacco, with a slightly green note of roasted herbs. Lush, suave and seamless, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, menthol and tree bark. Not particularly powerful or structured but finishes firmly tannic and long, with a suggestion of walnut skin.”  Stephen Tanzer – February 2003

Winemaking.
This wine has a lively, young, vibrant color. It is thick and dense, showing whole red fruit, typical of the Douro region. In the glass, it has thick droplets that demonstrate power and softness. On the nose, the first impression is still, yet promising. Notes of blackberry, currant, cherry, raspberry, black plum, jam, and a mixture of fruit slowly reappear, giving the wine complexity and presence. In the mouth, the attack is full, supported by whole delicate tannins and signs of a long life. The 2000 vintage is ready to consume now, or can be cellared for more complexity.

The year 1999/2000 was a dry and hot year. There was less precipitation than usual that caused premature budding to occur and persistent rain from late Apr-May delayed flowering. A dry spell from late May until harvest slowed the grape maturation, which caused high concentrated grapes and a good sanitary status.

The harvest was delayed two weeks later than usual due to the slow grape maturation, keeping small concentrated grapes with good sugar degrees but with high acidity.

The production was inferior to that in 1999, but the quality of the wine was very. The Ervamoira wine was excellent, with good structure, deep color and body. The white wine at Bons Ares were delicious and complex, and at Bom Retiro the wine was phenomenal. All signs were present that a vintage wine would be produced since the first moment of harvest.

Varietal(s)   60% Touriga Nacional, 15%Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Barroca, 15% traditional varietals
Aging   20 months in large oak vats, chestnut-tree wood or mahogany
Alcohol   20%
Wine Acidity   4.12%
pH Level 3.88
Residual Sugar   89.2

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Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV
Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV
Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV

Ramos Pinto’s Collector Port has a wonderful deep colour and aroma of spiced autumn fruits. The palate has a soft, supple texture and is packed full of layer upon layer of sweet winter berries and a touch of spicy fruitcake to the finish.

88 Points Wine Spectator
“Lots of fresh crushed dark plum, chocolate and dark cherry flavors are firm and supported by fresh acidity. The finish is lively, with good grip.” – Kim Marcus – June 30, 2012

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Ramos Pinto. History.

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are:

Quinta do Bom Retiro: in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties.
Quinta da Urtiga: adjacent to Bom Retiro.
Quinta da Ervamoira: in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions.
Quinta dos Bons Ares: a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and fresh flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

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Raventos i Blanc – De Nit Sparkling Rose, Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain 2012
Raventos i Blanc – De Nit Sparkling Rose, Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain 2012
Raventos i Blanc – De Nit Sparkling Rose, Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain 2012

Monastrell gives this wine its pale salmon pink hue. Subtle and pretty on the nose, aromas of red cherry, white blossom, citrus fruit and savoury autolytic notes are all suggested. Elegant, crisp and light on the palate, gentle notes of strawberry, spice, rhubarb and hazelnut come to the fore.

As of 2013, Raventos i Blanc are no longer part of the Cava DO and have started the process of creating a new, terroir driven appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia. The decision to leave the DO stemmed out of the desire to set a standard in high quality wine production where rules such as the use of only indigenous grapes, ecological viticulture, estate produced and estate bottled fruit and minimum ageing requirements apply.

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Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012

The search for clarity and purity has produced this sparkling wine with a gentle citric aroma highlighted by hints of white fruits, with all the olfactory elements in perfect balance. The palate is built on both freshness and concentration: a wine that combines firmness and smoothness with creamy bubbles. A long and very clean finish.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“When Raventós i Blanc, a scion from Codorníu, left the boat in 2012, alarms really went off. They are not only one of the quality leaders in the category, they are also direct descendants of the creator of the first sparkling wine in Spain and the first president of the Cava appellation. They did not seek refuge in the Penedès appellation, but instead they want to promote the creation of a new, smaller appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia.”

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