Chardonnay, 2018. Raimat

Chardonnay, 2018. Raimat

Item #: C1019W2IS
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Costers del Segre D.O., Catalonia, Spain
Color: Very Pale Straw
Nose: Green Apple, Guava
Palate: Pear, Apple, Cinnamon
Finish: Lovely Citrus Edge
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Seafood, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Raimat is a combination of the Catalan words "raim," which means grapes, and "ma," meaning hands. It is a reference to the fact that the grapes are picked by hand instead of by machine. Another connotation is a rather spiritual reference suggesting that once man has touched the grape, they form a unique bond that carries through to the life of the wine.

Castell refers to the Raimat castle, which rests majestically on a hill overlooking the local village. This is in Catalonia, the northeastern province of Spain, which is also home to one of its most important cities, Barcelona.

This ancient castle was restored in 1914 by the Raventos family, who planted the grapes and still run the operation. The winery is completely sustainable and is on its way to full organic certification.

The Raventos were among the first in the area to plant grapes. At the time, water was scarce, but the building of the Aragon and Catalonia irrigation canal made the propagation of grapes feasible.

Catalonians consider themselves the renegades of Spain, proudly speaking their own dialect and keeping regional traditions alive. That renegade spirit comes out in the local wines. They harvest much less of the Spanish grapes like Tempranillo and Garnacha (although that's changing), in favor of French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Our selection is a luscious rendition of the Chardonnay grape, featuring fresh apple and spice notes with touches of lemon and lime. You don't have to speak Catalan to understand "delicios."

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