Availability: Widely available in private and BCLDB stores.
Cost: $15.99 (BC Liquor Stores)
Date Tasted: October 5th, 2009
Tasting Notes: This dry Cava is made in the traditional method of sparkling wines and spends up to 2 years aging with the residual yeast from the second fermentation. The final blend is 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel.lo which are all grapes native to Spain's Penedès region.
On the nose this light straw coloured wine offers aromas of minerals, butter, rubber, forest floor and notes of citrus fruit. On the palate the high acid does not have enough fruit flavours to blend with leaving the wine slightly unbalanced. Pair with an acidic and fatty cheese as an appetizer and the palate flavours of lemon, green strawberry and mint will come forth.
Non vintage sparkling wines are not meant to age and should be enjoyed within a year of purchase. - LC