Raventos I Blanc Rosé Blend Cava de Nit 2009

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#73 of Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2012 "The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of rosewater, fish scale and Morello cherries, all beautifully defined and drawing you in. The palate is crisp and tense on the entry: a minimalist rose cave that is based on freshness and poise rather than delivering fruit intensity. It is a delicate, very pretty, harmonious Cava rose that is sensual and alluring. Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this?...93" WA 4/12 "The light pink color runs parallel to this wine's delicate flavors, its rose petal perfume and fresh, lemony refinement. Chill it for sashimi...90" W&S 08/12 "Occasionally, one comes across a Cava with enough finesse, quality of flavors and grace to push it into that upper tier of excellence. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s a reminder that Spanish Cava, at its best, can be as good as fine Champagne. A wine like this one is doubly impressive given what similarly rated Champagnes and California sparklers can cost. Raventós i Blanc ranks as an undisputed leader in quality among Cava producers. This particular vintage of de Nit contains 5% Monastrell for color and complexity. It has the slightly fuller body of a top-flight rosé, but all the freshness and cut of a high-end Cava made from the usual triumvirate of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Former El Bulli sommelier Ferran Centelles describes the wine as having an almost crystalline bouquet, fine bubbles and a smooth, voluminous texture. Pair de Nit with veal or pork medallions in a light mustard or cream sauce....92" WE 10/12

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Snooth User: EliGarton
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3.50 5
03/17/2013

Three and a half glasses



#73 of Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2012 "The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of rosewater, fish scale and Morello cherries, all beautifully defined and drawing you in. The palate is crisp and tense on the entry: a minimalist rose cave that is based on freshness and poise rather than delivering fruit intensity. It is a delicate, very pretty, harmonious Cava rose that is sensual and alluring. Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this?...93" WA 4/12 "The light pink color runs parallel to this wine's delicate flavors, its rose petal perfume and fresh, lemony refinement. Chill it for sashimi...90" W&S 08/12 "Occasionally, one comes across a Cava with enough finesse, quality of flavors and grace to push it into that upper tier of excellence. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s a reminder that Spanish Cava, at its best, can be as good as fine Champagne. A wine like this one is doubly impressive given what similarly rated Champagnes and California sparklers can cost. Raventós i Blanc ranks as an undisputed leader in quality among Cava producers. This particular vintage of de Nit contains 5% Monastrell for color and complexity. It has the slightly fuller body of a top-flight rosé, but all the freshness and cut of a high-end Cava made from the usual triumvirate of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Former El Bulli sommelier Ferran Centelles describes the wine as having an almost crystalline bouquet, fine bubbles and a smooth, voluminous texture. Pair de Nit with veal or pork medallions in a light mustard or cream sauce....92" WE 10/12

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