This is an astounding co-fermented ancestral sparkler (pet-nat!) bright as could be from Toni Carbó who works his family's estate of very old vines in northeast Spain's Penedes.
Tasting Notes: Similar to the still, this bottling carries eminent brightness on the nose. The palate is jammy with some bolder earth tones -- think more herbal than soil -- slight residual sugar is balanced by super-bright acid and a very crisp bubble to make for a supremely refreshing bottling. A pretty pink sparkler for the park!
Vinification: From Coeur Wine Co.'s wonderful website:
"Biodynamic. A field blend of Catalan varietals (both red and white): Sumoll, Roigenc, Mandó, Cannonnau, Monica, Torbat, Parellada and Xarel·lo. The vineyard was planted in 2006 with these ancient Catalan grapes in calcareous clay soil. The vineyard is not tilled, this is true minimal intervention agriculture. The objective is to have the highest variety life in the soil and create a natural balance within the environment. Manual harvest in 10 kg boxes, with selection of the grapes in the vineyard. The grapes are chilled down and 90% of them (even the reds) are direct pressed. The other 10% is macerated for 4 months with virtually no extraction to limit color and tannins. Indigenous yeasts and no additions including zero SO2. Fermented in stainless steel and bottled near the end of fermentation to capture CO2."