Raventos i Blanc 2013 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Raventos i Blanc 2013 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Item Number: 8596

UPC: 8-421478701008

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Catalunya
Appellation/AVA: Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 50% Xarel-lo / 40% Macabeu / 10% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Total Acidity: 7.34 g/L
pH: 2.93
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous base rock encrusted with marine fossils.

Vineyard Notes: De La Finca comes from a historical vineyard area, Vinya dels Fòssils, situated 50 km to the west of Barcelona. Its geology and microclimate makes it a formidable rival to the most prestigious of wines. Marine fossils characterize the structure and composition of the soil and generate a saline character in the wine. The Xarel-lo comes from Clot de les Comes and del Coll plots, Macabeu comes from La Barbera, and Parellada comes from La Vinya del Mingo.

2013 Vintage Notes: 2013 produced a fresh vintage with great aging potential. The fall was damp followed by a cool, dry winter with some sporadic rainfalls. Spring started out cool and damp, with rains in March and May. A cool, dry end to the spring followed by a meteorological short summer produced a slow vegetative development. Harvest started on August 19th. There were no heat waves during the months of August and September as summer temperatures were moderate, all of which contributed to a slow and good maturation of the different grape varieties.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes enter the winery by gravity. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Slow pressing occurs at low pressures. The first fermentation happens in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Each variety and vineyard plot is fermented separately. Second fermentation occurs in the bottle with a minimum aging period of three years in a horizontal position. No dosage is added. The Disgorgement date is stated on the back label.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (10/28/2016)

    The 2013 De la Finca, from the estate, is the wine originally designed by Pepe Raventós' grandfather and it is produced with grapes picked from the Vinya dels Fòssils, the fossil vineyards part of El Serral, the east-facing part of their porperty—which has limestone soils from 16 million years ago rich in marine fossils. It tends to produce the more mineral wines here. 2013 is a low pH and high acidity vintage, something Pepe Raventós loves. They consider 2013 one of the best vintages ever in their property, which produced electric acidity and great clarity. This is very chalky and salty, like a sea breeze and as it's kept in contact with the lees for longer, it has more developed aromas and a superb texture provided by the tiny bubbles. It's very lively and youthful, vibrant, with tension, with years ahead of it. This is truly outstanding. It could very well be the finest vintage of this wine ever.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (5/1/2017)

    Dried pear, orange pith, succulent herbs and a hint of chamomile on the pungent, mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and citrus fruit flavors and a sweetening touch of honey that emerges on the back half. Shows very good energy and stony cut on the finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/30/2017)

    A minerally version, with up-front petrol and spice notes lacing the poached cherry, salted almond and lemon peel flavors that ride the delicate mousse. Elegant and harmonious. Drink now through 2020.