Agustí Torelló Kripta

Whoever thought that such a delicate and ethereal cava could have a name like KRIPTA, which for me at least brings to mind visions of tomb and crypts and things. It seems like it should be so spooky, ominous, foreboding – but it’s not in the least, and actually the name suits the wine in the same way that its unique amphora shaped bottle and Mediterranean inspired label do. This is after all a Mediterranean creation, jewel of the cava makers Agustí Torelló, located in the heart of cava country in Sant Sadurní d Ánoia, and 100% made out of the Spanish trio of cava grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo, from vines that are over 50 years old.

A brut nature, gran reserve cava, the 2001 vintage has been aged for 5 years, but yet its subtlety belies the heavy bakery and yeasty notes that you sometimes find in older cavas and champagnes. Straw-gold in color with fine and consistent bubbles, this cava is made by hand from start to finish, as the special bottle makes it impossible to manipulate by machine.

Most notable from the get-go is its crispness and refreshing character which later gives way to delicate notes of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted vanilla, cloves, creamy butter, and an undertone of minerals. Extremely persistent on the palate, silky and aromatic, and all in all delightful, unique and pleasing to the senses. If this is my crypt, then I must be in heaven.

adrienne smith

adrienne smith

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