I’m not old, I’m vintage.
- Aug 1, 2019
Bravanariz - Cala
The extreme exposure of the plants to the thrust of the sea in the coves of the Costa Brava gives them extraordinary strength. Only the fiercest survive; those are the plants we use to create Cala. In it, you will find the best of summer: the warm weight of the sun, the freshness of the sea and that nonchalant feeling that invades you when you walk, with your body feeling salty, between rows of cypresses clenching a branch of fennel between your teeth. A wild out-of- the-way cove in Cap de Creus offers the perfect image of the Mediterranean character: dry and cool, soft and rugged. Deliciously contradictory. Like samphire in summer. Sweet and salty, all along the coastline.
Fennel is not my favorite note, and it kind of has to be amongst them for Cala to work well for you. That said, Cala serves it up nicely on a bed of herbal and coniferous wood notes, such that I don't mind riding it out. It may be my least favorite of the Bravanirez offerings I've tried thus far, but it hasn't dampened my enthusiasm to try the rest of the line.