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Robert Parker Wine Advocate April 2012 ratings

The April 2012 Parker ratings have been released for the Catalonia region. The representative of the Wine Advocate is now Neal Martin (used to be Jay Miller).

We are very happy to inform you that our wines did have excellet ratings:

Cava El Xamfra Mercat Brut: 89 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2009 Mercat Brut is a blend of 40% Macabeu, 40% Xarello and 20% Parellada grown on clay soils with 5grams/l residual sugar. It has an intriguing bouquet that is slightly reduced at first, but left aside for a few moments opens up to reveal touches of white asparagus and dried herbs. The palate is nicely balanced with subtle citrus notes complemented by dried apricot and a touch of quince. It leads to a precise finish that could do with more length, but it is still an interesting Cava, one that is full of personality. Drink now-2014+

Cava El Xamfra Mercat Brut Nature: 91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2009 Mercat Brut Nature is the same blend but with 0.3 grams/l residual sugar. It has a wonderful peachy bouquet that blossoms in the glass with hints of dried apricot and honeysuckle. The palate is very well-balanced with crisp acidity and a fine thread of bitter lemon that lends tension and poise, leading to a very champagnois finish. Excellent! Drink now-2015+”

Heretat Montrubi White: 89+ points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2011 White HMR is a pure Xarello (from vines planted in 1974 at 325 metres altitude) that undergoes a short aging in tank. It has a light nose with hints of undergrowth and wax resin that unfurl nicely in the glass. The palate is crisp and lively on the neutral entry. Traces of nectarine and dried apricot lead to a focused, minimalist, spicy finish that suggests a little bottle age might uncover some intriguing secondary flavours. I appreciate the focus and penetration. Drink now-2017.”

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