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Javier Revert, Micalet White 2016

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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The white 2016 Micalet is named after a plot of old vines planted by Revert's great grandfather in 1948. The plot is on white, sloped soils and contains local varieties, mainly Tortosí and Trepadell, with some Malvasía, Merseguera and Verdil. All the grapes were picked together in mid-September and pressed with full clusters. The must started fermenting without the addition of any yeasts, and part of the fermenting juice was transferred to barrel, where it finishes and was kept without racking for eight months. The rest was put in glass demijohns once fermentation was over and kept there for eight months with lees. It has 13.3% alcohol and a pH of 3.07. He already made a micro-vinification in 2015, and the wine showed a strong personality. The nose is quite spectacular, with notes of fennel, hay and straw. There's also chalky minerality. The palate combines volume with vibrant acidity and a long, tasty finish. This is an impressive debut; truly outstanding. As the vineyard comes back to full production after being neglected for many years, there will be more grapes, and the quality should also improve. 1,015 bottles were filled in March 2017."

Vinous Reverie Notes
Pla del Micalet was the first vineyard Javi Revert acquired in 2014 and based on some inside knowledge as to the potential for this site – his grandfather, Vicent Albero helped plant it in 1948! This sandy and chalky site is located at the western edge of the DOP of Valencia and is planted with the indigenous and heat-tolerant Tortosí, Trepadell, Malvasía, Merseguera and Verdil.


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