Raventos i Blanc De la Finca 2016 Penedes Catalunya
A biodynamic, single-site wine from Raventos i Blanc's Vinya dels Fossils vineyard in Alt Penedes, this is a superb traditional method sparkling wine that holds its own against grower Champagne. Based on the traditional Catalan varieties of xarel-lo, maccabeo and parellada, this is always the product of a single vintage, sees zero dosage and ages for four years on the lees in the bottle, in the style of top vintage champagne. The flavour is rich and generous with no austerity, showing developed notes of hazlenut, honey and yellow apple, with a lovely line of mineral freshness leading into a firm, dry finish that speaks of the limestone soils. We loved it unanimously when we first tasted it together.