Pepe Raventos

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Penedès
People: Pepe Raventós, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Pepe Raventos 2016 Xarel-lo Espumoso Ancestral, Penedes Login WA 91 In Stock
Pepe Raventos 2017 Xarel-lo, Noguer Alt, Penedes Login WA 93 In Stock
Pepe Raventos 2017 Bastard Negre, Les Terrases del Serral, Penedes Login In Stock

In 2014, Pepe Raventós started a small project focused on making natural wines. His desire was to learn how to make wine recovering ancient winemaking techniques. The wines were vinified in the garage of his new home in the middle of the Raventós i Blanc estate in the middle of the farm.

The result? We loved them!

There are currently three wines: a 100% Xarel-lo, a 100% Xarel-lo Espumoso Ancestral, and a 100% Bastard Negre (a native Spanish red grape). All of them are unfiltered natural wines without any additives including sulfites. The still Xarel-lo comes from the Noguer Alt plot on top of the Mas del Serral. The vines on this plot are almost 50 years old. The wine is fermented in cement and clay. The Xarel-lo Ancestral is a natural sparkling wine from the Mas del Serral vineyard, which is situated outside of Pepe Raventós' kitchen. The soils have a high proportion of clay above the limestone. The wine starts the fermentation in stainless steel tanks and finishes inside the bottles just like the ancient sparkling wines. The Bastard Negre is sourced from Les Terrasses del Serral, which is on the west side of the property. The vines are over 40 years old and grown on very poor limestone soils. This wine is fermented in an open barrel.

Social Media
Instagram: @raventospepe

Media Links
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Reviews

  • Pepe Raventos 2017 Xarel-lo, Noguer Alt, Penedes
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/30/2019)

    I love the cloudy white 2017 Vinya del Noguer, a pure Xarello that's in line with the 2015 and is very pure, clean and precise, with no deviations. It has a fresh and tasty palate, long and elegant. These wines are produced without the addition of any oenological products, and this one reminds me of the purity of some wines from Kenjiro in the Jura but with the Mediterranean profile.
  • Pepe Raventos 2016 Xarel-lo Espumoso Ancestral, Penedes
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/30/2019)

    There is a creamy note on the nose of the 2016 Ancestral Vinya del Mas that goes more in the line of the initial 2014. There are aromas of freshly baked apple pie and lemon rind, quite aromatic and attractive. But the main feature of this wine is its tasty, almost salty palate, as if the process amplifies the marine character and especially the flavors, with a combination of faintly bitter and slightly volatile characters. A nice and different expression of Xarel-lo.