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Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are the dominant grapes used in the production of the Spanish sparkling wine Cava. Other grapes that are allowed in the blend are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Garnacha, Monastrell and Subirat (loosely related to Malvasia). Single varietal cavas tend to be made by 100% Macabeo (which is also the preferred grape for Cava, typically forming at least 50% in multi-varietal blends).
Cava can be white or rosé, the latter is produced by adding in still red wine sourced from Pinot Noir, Garnacha, Monastrell or Trepat into the fermented sparkling wine prior to bottling.
Over 95% of Cava production originates from in the Penedès area in Catalonia. Aside this, a further eight different regions throughout Spain are also producing small quantities of Cava. Only wines produced in the traditional method (méthode champenoise) are awarded the DO (Denomination Origin) Cava, those produced by other processes such as tank fermentation, may only be labelled vinos espumosos (sparkling wines).
Jaume Serra "Cristalino" Brut $10 ($6 .375ml, $4 .187ml)
Jaume Serra "Cristalino" Brut Rose $12
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Destello Brut $12
Fresh scents of apple and pear on the nose. Crisp orchard fruits and a lively sense of minerality flow seamlessly to the creamy finish. Cool temperatures, diverse soils, and sustainable farming techniques all contribute to the cultivation of the indigenous white grapes used to produce this fresh bubbly. Produced using the traditional méthode champenoise, Destello Cava was aged for 18 months in bottle giving the wine character. The versatile flavor profile will appeal to a larger audience and can be paired with a wide array of cuisine.
Juve Y Camps "Cinta Purpura" Brut Reserva $14
BODEGAS ARANLEON "Deshora" Brut "Organica" $15
Pale yellow with vivid greenish reflections, fine persistent bubbles. Intense aromas of pear and apples, notes of lime and white flowers.Fresh on the palate with well integrated acidity, leaving long floral tastes.Wonderful for celebrations, but also pairs with salads, steamed mussels, crab and light fish courses.
Juve Y Camps Brut Nature Gran Reserva de la Familia 2011 $19
Made only in exceptional vintages, this Gran Reserva Cava is a special blend of equal parts Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada and Chardonnay, all sourced from estate vineyards at higher elevations. The culmination of this blend, along with extended aging on the lees, creates an unforgettably layered sparkling wine.
CASTELLROIG BRUT $18
Cava with fine bubbles. Aroma of white flowers and certain ripe fruit (pear, apple) and light citric touches. Fresh in mouth, balanced, light and easy drinking.