240/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – Raventós i Blanc – 11 d’Isabel Negra 2007
So In Love…….,
11 d’Isabel Negra 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Ruby red with garnet rim. Clean and bright, has very dense tears. Spicy and smoky aromas stand out initially, as it opens it expresses mature, tasty, well-conjugated fine roasted black fruit, some leather and chocolate. The palate is subtle and mature with a good entry, silky smooth texture, path marked by good acidity that gives freshness and a delicate tannic sensation. Long and persistent, leaving nice spicy and fruity sensations after its passage. Aged for 12 months in barrels of French and American oak. How the 2014 vintage going to taste remains to be seen.
Although it is a tradition more than honoured over the years, the atmosphere today is palpable excitement and enthusiasm. Like every summer, August softly comes knocking at the doors of Raventós i Blanc, telling them that the time is right for harvest. Yesterday, Tuesday August 12, they started the manual harvest and according to many there, this years vintage is better than ever. For more than 10 years they have been harvesting with the same team of people, 20 of them coming from Baena, Córdoba, they collect and select the best grapes for winemaking. The 2014 harvest has officially started!
Raventos i Blanc has properties comprising of 90 h of vineyards, woods and a lake in Sant Sadurní. It has history with the Raventos family since 1497, one of the longest documented wine traditions in the world, in the hands of the same family. In 1872 Josep Raventos Fatjó makes the first Xarel·lo Cava with grapes from his own farm.
To make sense of this farm, this unique terroir, they thought of a new project, unique to Raventos i Blanc, When Josep Maria Raventos i Blanc and his son Manuel Raventos decided in 1986 to found the cellar in the center of this historic farm, the dream of creating a world brand, every day becomes an obsession. It was undoubtedly the result of a great passion. Currently father and son are back in charge of this project: Manuel Raventos president and winemaker and his son Pepe, director, winemaker and viticulturist of Raventos i Blanc. Two generations fighting for the same dream.
The experience of 18 generations cultivating the farm, and the various studies that have been conducted have allowed them to differentiate five vineyards, being la Plana, the Llac, Clos Serral and Barbera mainly for, and intended primarily, for Cava making. The Serral is dedicated for making still wines. Each vineyard is divided into plots. They have 46 plots on the farm, each with its own identity depending on the surroundings. Their mission: to interpret the best vocation of each plot.
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