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Friday, December 21, 2012

Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut - Crazy for Cava

Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut - Crazy for Cava
Spain gets the gold in the value wine Olympics.

70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada from Penedes, Spain.

SRP of $15 and available for as low as $9. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"Anna de Codorniu is a pure, lively sparkling wine. Celebrating the life of the heiress to Spain's original winemaking dynasty, Codorniu, it is produced authentically, "Methode Traditionelle", using only our finest, estate-grown fruit. Well balanced and refreshing, featuring delicate aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pineapple followed by bright flavors of peach, apple and lime. Great match for seafood!

11.5% Alcohol"
If you are a Reverse Wine Snob like me then you probably already know this, but Spain rocks. Whether it be ridiculously cheap old vine Garnacha, delicious age-worthy Tempranillo, crisp and fresh whites, or even sparkling wine that is a fraction of the cost of Champagne (and usually just as good), there is an endless supply of excellent, inexpensive wine coming out of Spain. Today's Cava is no different.

The Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut begins with a delicate aroma of apple, tropical fruit, orange blossom and a hint of vanilla. The wine tastes really delicious with deep flavors of apple, citrus, lots of lime and just a bit of biscuit. It also has a very nice mouthfeel with good bubbles, good acidity and a lightly creamy texture. It ends with persistent notes of zesty lime and a little pineapple. Excellent!

Other wines in the Holiday Sparklers 2012 series:

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8.0


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