Grapes: 45% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada and 25% Macabeo
Produced from estate-grown, hand-harvested grapes, this Cava was bottled using yeast from the Oenologist Institute of Champagne. Second fermentation commenced in bottle, which took three months at 57į F. This wine was aged in the bottle for 25 months before disgorging. The wine is disgorged to order and thus length of time on yeast varies. All bottles are marked with a disgorgement date on the back label. Dosage added (8 gm/liter). Total residual sugar: 9 gm/liter.
The Wine Enthusiast, 87 points.
This oddly named label is doing pretty good Cava. This is a light, citrusy wine with a green, friendly soul. It features racy lemon-lime flavors and a grounded, clean mouthfeel. Itís like 87 octane at the pump; it gets the job done.
Issue 2211, November '09
The Wine Advocate, 87 points.
The N.V. 1 Plus 1 Equals 3 Cava Brut is a blend of the traditional Cava grapes. It delivers floral aromas, melon, mineral, and assorted white fruits leading to a sparkling wine with good volume, a lively palate feel, and plenty of flavor. Drink this solid value over the next 1-2 years.
Issue 188, April 2010
Dallas Morning News, NA.
A clean, refreshing sparkler and an exciting partner for chips. "The salt of the chips seems to heighten the flavor in the cava," said Howald. This single-vineyard wine is produced by a small family-owned winery. A nice sparkler for the money.
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Atlanta Wine School Connect With Wine, 90 points.
Cava is the term Spain uses to denote sparkling wines made in the traditional method; that is, with the second fermentation taking place in the specific bottle you hold in your hands. This one is a medium-bodied dry sparkling wine that exhibits a lovely pale straw color and zippy small-bead bubbles. On the nose, initial citrus-focused aromas develop into more focused lemon curd aromas. The palate shows a lovely spice-centered core, with a hint of ginger, restrained fruit and a clean, crisp, long finish. Moderate alcohol (11.5%), allows one to enjoy multiple glasses of this well-priced sparkler. Grapes: 45% Xarel.lo, 35% Parellada, 25% Macabeo. In Spain, cava often is offered after a meal, but it makes a lovely aperitif as well. Foods: Greek taramosalata on a sea-salted potato chip (hard to stop tasting this one!); salmon caviar on a salted potato chip with a dab of Mexican crema agria; pistachios; potato-based nibbles, such as tiny potatoes stuffed with sour cream, chives, and either a bit of salmon caviar or some smoked salmon; dim sum; Korean egg-and-crab pancakes; shrimp-based dips or salad; calamari with lemon aioli; sushi.
Jane's Monthly Dozen: Sparkling Wines
Jane Garvey, May 2009
Fine Viini & Ruoka Magazine NA Bright (clear), lemon-greenish color. Stylish, fresh and fruity on the nose with a pleasant hint of yeast. Crispy and robust palate with lively (refreshing) acids and pleasant yeasty essence are completed by controlled residual sugars. Concentrated and sophisticated.
Food Recommendation: Aperitif, Fried white fish with lemon buttersauce and funnel chantarelle - potato lasagne, boiled crabs, oysters, sushi.
Issue October '09
The Second Glass Annual Wine Guide, NA.
Cava is Spain's everyday Champagne. This means it's cheap yet crazy delicious. This is a somewhat expensive bottle but your money is well spent. To start with, it's got a kitschy label, always a "plus" at parties. The flavors are well-developed and it has plenty of bubbles, so it won't go flat. Grab a few bottles for New Years Eve or just keep a bottle in the fridge to celebrate the little victories in life.
Wine Categories: Gift, Celebration, Summer
The Second Glass, NA.
If youíre hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might be entering into panic mode about now. Is the turkey big enough? Do you have enough chairs? What the hell are you going to feed your brotherís vegan girlfriend?
We have a solution to this and other Thanksgiving-related predicaments: sparkling wine and LOTS of it.
Cava comes from Spain and is an affordable, everyday drinking version of French Champagne. The 1+1=3 Cava Brut is dry with delicious citrus flavors and is packed with tons of bubbles.
Stock up on this wine if youíre hosting. It will buy you time if dinner is running late and keep guests out of your hair while you do the last minute prep.
Cava also makes a great gift if youíre an attendee. Bring a bottle or two and pop immediately upon entering. Pour into glasses and distribute at will. We promise, your host will thank you!
Drink liberally with a pre-dinner cheese plate, while watching football or directly from the bottle while hiding in the bathroom to calm nerves.