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Loxarel '790'
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserva 2008
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Stock Up on this Tasty, Food-Friendly Cabernet from Spain! Dark fruit and chocolate are center-stage on the palate, with savory notes of pepper, cedar and leather in the background. The dusty tannins are balanced out with striking acidity. Open this when you fire up the grill, put a roast in the oven or serve chocolate desserts.
90 Points - Wine Advocate!
"...a pure Cabernet Sauvignon, is by far the oakiest wine from Loxarel, with plenty of aromas of smoke, vanilla, cigar ash, pencil shavings, graphite, leather and blackberries with a grassy character and dark chocolate overtones."
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UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
REGION: Penedes
Loxarel '790' Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2008
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2008 Loxarel 790 de Loxarel
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Penedes, Spain
Review by Luis Gutierrez
Wine Advocate #211 (Feb 2014)
Rating: 90
Drink 2014-2020
Cost: $28
The 2008 790 de Loxarel, a pure Cabernet Sauvignon, is by far the oakiest wine from Loxarel, with plenty of aromas of smoke, vanilla, cigar ash, pencil shavings, graphite, leather and blackberries with a grassy character and dark chocolate overtones. The palate is medium-bodied, with sharp acidity and dusty tannins that call for food. In case you were wondering, 790 is the number of days from harvesting to bottling. Drink now-2020. Loxarel produces sparkling and still wines from Penedes, but used to sell their sparkling with the Cava appellation, which they left in 2011. However, their sparkling wines are in a separate article in this issue that includes all sparkling wines from Cataluna. They work their vineyards organically and biodynamically. All wines ferment with indigenous yeasts, and addition of sulfur is minimal. This is a name to watch for, but the wines, which have strong personality, are not for everybody (but I loved them!). The average quality is really high here. Most of the wines have a very good quality-to-price ratio. Imported by Classic Wines, Stamford CT; tel. (203) 975-2522,; and K&L, Redwood City, CA; tel. (877) 559-4637
By Loxarel
'790' Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2008
Since 1994, the winery has been run with great enthusiasm and flair by Josep Mitjans, his wife Teresa and marketing manager Cristina Vaques. Josep Mitjans is widely recognized as one of Spain’s most innovative winemakers. He and his wife are the fourth generation of the Mitjans family to carry on the winemaking tradition at Masia Can Mayol. Based at their Can Mayol estate near Vilobi del Penedes in the hills just to the north of Vilafranca (about 40-50 km west of Barcelona), the winery which bottles under the trademarked name "Loxarel," has been farming organically for more than a decade. The Mitjan family, owners of Can Mayol, also employ some biodynamic treatments. Their animals, including chickens and a donkey named Garnatxa are not kept too far from their vineyards. It´s also not unusual to see their horse occasionally wandering about the vineyards or their goat do some impromptu vine pruning. Its grapes are the Penedes autochthonous varieties: Macabeu, Xarello and Parellada. In recent years, they have introduced new varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
The Mitjans family produces an interesting mix of 'local vs international' whites and reds. They make a range of wines, from cheap and cheerful to obscure grape varieties made in amphorae, always organic and often biodynamic, including a range of the best Caves. They also make a variety of different rosés. From classic Catalan rosat (even if containing a large splash of Pinot) to an "extreme" style made from high-altitude late-picked Merlot or a quirky barrel-fermented wine from Xarello Vermell, a virtually extinct red-skinned version of this indigenous variety. They also produce a great range of traditional method sparklers most of them made in the Brut Nature style, i.e. no dosage added (unsweetened).
The climate in the Penedes is mild with intense sunshine, moderate rainfall and gentle winds. The Pyrenees protects the region from cold northern winds while the warm Mediterranean to the south tempers the climate. The soil is fertile and primarily composed of a mixture of clay, limestone and granite. Vineyards usually flourish without having to struggle too much on the hillsides and valleys of the Penedes. Their 2008 ´790´ Cabernet Sauvignon wine derives its name based on the number of days from harvesting to bottling. This wine comes from a single farm in Can Mayol, 250 m (about 820 feet) from sea level. The soil is quaternary calcium-clay and stony but receives the beneficial influences of the Mediterranean Sea. Pre-fermentation maceration is in cold with grape skin and maturation in oak barrels. The wine has not undergone any chemical or physical process of stabilization. Over time it can produce some sediment that in no case alters the quality of the wine.
They give a lot of thought to their labeling and most of the wines look as well as they taste. Production volumes run from as little as 1,500 bottles for some of the wines, which really are handmade. They're constantly exploring how to make better, more interesting wines. They farm over 50 hectares of vines (about 200 acres), half of which lie on flat land around the winery and half of which lie up a very steep track in nearby mountains at 700 to 800 metres altitude (between 2,300 and 2,600 feet). In their chalky, high altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines and among the highest in the Penedes D.O.), Xarello, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality which make these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. The winery is refreshingly simple, just the basics required to do no more than turn the grape juice into wine while keeping as much of the character of the vineyard as possible. The bottle maturation cellar was built deep underground during the Spanish civil war by opponents of Franco to escape the bombs. There´s a long underground tunnel that emerges in the middle of the vineyard. One of their wines, ´Refugi´ is named after this refuge below.
Technical Details
Winery: Loxarel
Region: Penedes
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Search: Nothing on the net.
Available: 10,000 bottles
Tasting Notes
Maturing savoury 'oily' notes vs peppery cassis with cedary edges; quite smooth palate with enticing 'sweet/savoury' finish vs still a little firmness too; developed a bit of complexity as well. Pairing: Braised Beef, creamy cheeses and black chocolate.
[Info provided by Classic Wines]


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