Newsletter: 2019 Joan Rubio Xarel-Lo Ancestral

Newsletter: 2019 Joan Rubio Xarel-Lo Ancestral

For many years now, most Cava has taken a turn for the worse. Spain's version of Prosecco: overcropped, diluted fruit made industrially in gargantuan quantities with nary a thought given to quality or taste.

Thankfully we still have winemakers like Joan Rubio. Joan's expertise in crafting sparkling wines in his native Penedes is only eclipsed by his passion for keeping the tradition of these wines alive. He's taken his years as technical director at Cava's legendary Recaredo estate and put it into this wine. A remarkable bubbly capturing his exuberance and mastery of his craft.

By taking a small batch, artisanal approach, he's created this sparkling wine with all the freshness and cut you'd expect from Cava's top bottles. Yet there's real depth and energy here that take this wine to the next level.

The fact that we're offering it for under $25 is even more mind blowing. Easily the best value bubbly on our shelves today. 
100% old vine Xarel-lo planted on limestone. The grapes are de-stemmed and macerate for about 7 days. Primary fermentation begins with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then bottled to finish fermenting and aging on the lees for a whopping 14 months before being disgorged with no added sugar.

Wonderfully bright, crisp and fresh. The nose is full of crunchy white peach, brioche and sunny lemon citrus. The taut palate displays more tart citrus with elegant wildflowers and chalky minerals, all buoyed by a fine, delicate mousse. This is my go-to apéritif! 
Joan Rubio has spent a long time in wine. Having a family history of winemaking and vineyard ownership, Rubio's career started at home before going off to oenological school and eventually getting a job at the now famous cava house Recaredo.

After 15 years of service, he honed his craft and became intimately familiar with the production of sparkling wine. In 2015 he made the decision, with his wife Angels, to return to Joan's family estate where they've converted all 8 hectares of land, 5 of vineyards and 3 of olive trees to biodynamics. Theirs are some of Spain's purest, most honest sparkling wines. 
2021 Joan Rubio, Ancestral Xarel-lo - $27.99


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Robert Spencer
General Manager
Monarch Wine Merchants



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