Raventos i Blanc 2012 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Raventos i Blanc 2012 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Item Number: 11272

UPC: 8-421478705105

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Vinya Més Alta Vineyard
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 30% Xarel-lo / 25% Xarel-lo Vermell / 25% Sumoll / 15% Bastard Negre / 5% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.1
pH: 2.93
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous base rock encrusted with marine fossils

Textures de Pedra is the newest vintage sparkling wine from Raventós i Blanc. The vineyard where the grapes are sourced inspires the name. At the top of the Serral hill, at the highest point of the Raventós estate, La Vinya Més Alta Vineyard enjoys a stony texture. The geology of this vineyard forces the roots of the vines to go deep in search of water, which produces grapes that allow for a wine of great concentration and great structure. Assemblage and second fermentation occurs in the bottle with a minimum aging period of 42 months. No dosage was done.

93pts (2013 Vintage) Wine Advocate 4/27/2018
"The 2013 Textures de Pedra is an unusual blend of white and red grapes vinified in the style of a white. The blend of 30% Xarello, 25% Xarello Vermell, 25% Sumoll, 15% Bastard Negre and 5% Parellada from a cool and rainy vintage resulted in lively wines with high acidity and potential for bottle aging. The musts fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, and the wines were kept for at least six months with lees in tank. It matured in bottle in contact with the lees from Champagne yeasts for no less than 42 months. It has a deep golden color and a very intense, characterful nose, but it's in the palate where you get the intensity, the pungent flavors, the salty tastiness, the depth, the liveliness and the electricity. This is only the third vintage of this wine, from one of the best vintages in recent years together with 2007 and 2010. This is more mineral and austere, from stonier, shallow soils at higher altitude."

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  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (10/28/2016)

    The new kid on the block, first produced as a limited cuvée in 2011, is this unusual blend of traditional grapes, with other rarer Mediterranean varieties, 30% Xarello, 20% Xarello Vermell (a clone of Xarello which has a pinkish skin), 20% Sumoll (a red grape), 20% Bastard Negre (apparently Graciano, which I've never heard before), also a red grape, and 10% Parellada; it is a wine with low alcohol and high acidity that provided sharpness. The Xarello and Bastard Negre are planted at the highest altitude in the property on stony soils and produce very low yields, and the Summoll and Parellada were co-planted some 50 years ago, sourced from a local producer from the west of the river banks of the Arnoia River. The wine matured in contact with the lees for some 42 months and no sugar was added to it, so it's a Brut Nature. It's a darker shade of yellow, like a blanc de noirs, and it felt very serious, with a slightly closed nose. It develops more oxidative and lees notes, with smoky aromas and a core of ripe yellow fruit, exuberant and with a nice mouthfeel, very dry and tasty. This is closer to something from Selosse than Larmandier. This is a great addition to the portfolio, a nice complement. 2012 was a very short vintage and they produced 8,132 bottles.