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Recaredo Intens Gran Reserva Brut Nature Rosat 2013

Recaredo Intens Gran Reserva Brut Nature Rosat 2013

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"The 2013 Intens Rosat Brut Nature Gran Reserva is the one sparkling rosé from Recaredo, and it's an atypical one, as the pink color is very intense (as mentioned in the wine's name). The blend is also atypical: 51% Monastrell, 36% Pinot Noir and 13% Garnacha, and the wine aged in contact with the lees in bottle for 43 months (three and a half years). This is the last vintage with Pinot Noir; the following vintages will be different, even more Mediterranean. They now do less maceration than in the beginning, and it feels subtler, even if it's still intense (pun intended). But they want to stay away from the pale rosés because they don't think it's the character of their zone. It has a Cava nose with more red fruit in the palate, some bitterness in the finish and very apt to go with food. It's a wine with strong character, even if it's their youngest Cava, a little more exuberant than its siblings. 17,000 bottles produced. It was disgorged in November 2017. Drink: 2018-2022. 91 points

Recaredo keeps working to improve the referencing of the best terroirs in their wines, and the Brut de Brut has been renamed to Serral del Vell, the name of the vineyard where the grapes are sourced for this brut nature. This change was implemented with the 2008 vintage, and at the same time, the wine was admitted in the Paraje Calificado category, an official Cava appellation category created for the wines from specific places that fulfill certain conditions for quality. Recaredo fulfills and exceeds those conditions, and in fact, they are 100% certified for organic and biodynamic agriculture, using autochthonous grapes, manual harvesting, aging for a minimum of 30 months with lees in bottle and using a natural cork for all their wines (all single-harvest and brut nature wines have been certified for 15 years).

What I tasted was an amazing collection of sparkling wines, with one of the best vintages ever of Turó d'en Mota (their flagship) and a rare, one-off 1996 full of complexity and Roquefort-like notes in the nose and palate. As a side note, winemaker Ton Mata started a small family project in 2013 to produce natural sparkling wines with his wife. The first couple of vintages were fermented in Recaredo, and they are now building a small winery of their own."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (236)