Recaredo Reserva Perticular, a tasting I will never forget!

I might as well apologise for the quality of the pictures right away, but IPhone is not a very good tool at tastings in cellars, and it is not very useful either apparently when the woman behind the phone is more excited about everything around her rather than at taking pictures. So I’m sorry. You just have to use the pictures as “inspiration” and imagine the event in your minds, because it was fantastic!

Reserva Particular is one of Recaredo’s oldest products and something very special indeed. The first vintage was produced in 1962 by Joseph Mata Capellades, who was also the founder of Recaredo.

The tasting this evening was in the honour of the 50th anniversary of Reserva Particular and we were 80 people (I think) that had the great pleasure to taste the vinatges, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991 and 1984.

Incredible wines and all fresh and young still. They were all very different even though they come very much from the same vineyards and the weather has not been extremely different just looking at the rainfall and temperature. I will not write my tasting notes because I don’t think they will tell you much, but I can say that they were all still very fresh, fruity and of course with the ageing tones of almond, toffee and toasted bread. But every one with it’s own character and all leaving their own imprint on the tongue.
During the tasting there was speeches from the family and every wine was presented by Josep Roca i Fontané who is a famous sommelier in Spain and who runs the restaurant El Celler De Can Roca in Girona (3 Michelin stars). And during each wine Omar Sosa a Cuban jazz artist played his own pieces on piano. It was all fantastic.When the tasting was done there was fantastic food and more cava ( Reserva Particular 2002). The food was made by Josep’s restaurant El Cellar de Can Girona, and was so good I never wanted to leave. Dish after dish, the one more fantastic than the last. Small bites cocked to perfection.  One of my favourites was in the dessert section, and was a Mojito sorbet with an ice cream cigar that tasted like cigars smell. Very strange but extremely good! Everything was to die for!

I am extremely great full and honoured to have been invited to this magnificent event and will cherish it forever. To bad I did not have a better camera with me.

A great big thank you to all at Recaredo who made this wonderful evening so incredible!

Torelló, and more magnums than I have ever seen before!

Cavas Torelló is on the way from Sant Sadurní to Gelida. A very winding road that goes up, up and up, until you turn in to the Torelló estate and the road starts to go down again. The road up to the masia is one of the most beautiful I have seen in the Penedès, with olive trees and vineyards on both sides. To be honest the Torelló estate is a little bit of paradise.

Also the house is fantastic and you can really tell that the family has been taking care of it in the best of ways for a long time. So much history, and I especially fell in love with the chandelier in their hallway that was very old apparently.

Toni that showed me around is one of the brothers in the family, and they are all together running the company. Me and Toni actually met several times during Cava tast, my book presentation and the coronation of the Cava queen so it feels like we know each other all ready.

Walking through the winery with Toni I learning something new, because Torelló has a press that can press without oxygen ever touching the grapes. Because they fill the press with nitrogen gas! Apparently it works very well so they only use this technique since four or five years back. It is called Inertys .The cellars is absolutely wonderful and bottles stacked in rima everywhere, and everything by hand. Torelló only make reserva and gran reserva and all bottles are moved twice during the ageing time and shaken to reactivate the yeast. This procedure is called battonage and is very time consuming.  Torelló is very focused on Magnums which I love, and they actually have every cava within their portfolio available in magnum. But unfortunately we cant get them in Sweden.

They also make their brut nature gran reserva in jeroboam which I have not seen anywhere. Well of course I have seen cavas in that size before but I have never met a producer that actually has them in “every day production” if you know what I mean. Fantastically cool!
To control the pressure and see how the cavas develop is of course important and here three different once were being tested.

We of course also taste some cava, but since I already tried some at Cava tast (their brut nature and their rosé, which are both great), we focused on two of their cavas. Namely their Gran Torelló which is a Gran Reserva brut nature and aged minimum 48 months and contain the traditional grapes, and their 225 gran reserva, which has been aged on oak and then aged in bottle for minimum 30 months. Both fantastic, but I am a bit soft for oak cava I must admit.

If you want to have a look at Torelló’s website you will find it here. It is very good indeed and you will find all the information you need in English.

Thank you so much Toni for a wonderful visit! I will bring Andréas as soon as I can because I know that he would love Torelló.

Starting the day at Vallformosa

A great sunny morning and the days first visit. I must admit that I feel a bit strange travelling the Penedès without Andréas, but he had to go home so there is nothing much to be done about that.

Vallformosa is quite a big winery and it is very easy to find the way since it is just outside Vilafranca and big signs show the way. And coming by car from Sant Sadurní it just takes 15 minutes.

It is a beautiful house and there is also a new centre where you can have meetings and tastings up to 350 people, if I remember correctly. But I was alone and met up with Angel, that showed me around.

We started in the garden, just by the house where the family still lives. And the winery is still run by the family members, all having different roles. They have been working very hard and Vallformosa is now exporting to many countries around the world.

What I like especially is that the family has taken care of all old things and you really get a good understanding of how complicated things must have been just 50 or 60 years ago.

The production now is very modern and effective, and it is no problem to handle the range of wines and Cavas made here.

At the end we of course reach the tasting room and I have the luck to be able to taste some great things. I especially fell in love with their rosé made by 50% garnacha and 50% monastrell. It is just so much Penedès in my mind.

If you are lucky (you living in Uppsala) I might put it in the rosé tasting I’m planning. 🙂

 

Cavas Colomer…

has to be added to the list of houses I have now visited, and I really need to create such a list because it is starting to get a bit confusing now.

I had a wonderful visit this morning at Cavas Colomer with my friends Patrick and Rosó. And for a change we could just walk there since it is just at the bridge coming in to Sant Sadurní. We were shown around by Jordi who is one of the two sons in the Colomer family. It was a great visit and we also had the great opportunity to try some of his Cavas, which were very nice and with different personalities.  Even though I liked them all for their own style, I especially liked their “Er”, which was well rounded and full of flavour.Also my new friend Nico came by and joined the tasting which was great, so we all had some good discussions on cava.

Thanks a million to the Colomer family for receiving us, and hope to see you soon again!

 

Patrick, Nico, me and Jordi.

Raventós i Blanc

After the weekend of Cavatast, we moved to Raventós i Blanc. They have been so kind as to let us stay in a little house they have on their estate, just above their winery. It is a wonderful place and we love being here. We have everything we need and never ever want to go home, even though we know we have to.

Raventós i Blanc is actually on of the few Cava producer that has products available in Sweden. Their brut which is a mix of traditional grapes and very nice indeed, then their De Nit which as a pale pale rosé which looks like diamonds on a glass made from macabeu 50%, xarel-lo 25%, parellada 20% and monastrell 5%, and earlier they had one more avalible at the monopoly that I think is out now.

Raventós i Blanc also makes still wines and during our stay here we have had the great opportunity to try their red named 11, it is from the 2007 harvest and blended with 75% Monastrell and 25% Cabarnet Sauvignon. A fantastic wine that is fruity and spicy at the same time and with a silky touch. We just love it! Too bad we can’t get it in Sweden.

If you ever plan to go to Penedès and visit some wineries, I definitely recommend you to visit Raventós i Blanc.

Here are some pictures and I promise to add more when we have taken some.