Cava to all and to all a good night
From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan, I talk about Cava, the Catalan sparkling wine. As space was limited in print both for the article and the bottles, I’ve included the full text plus a few more options below for all your bubbly needs.
The bubbly is upon us!!! For those who love sparkling wines, this is a great time of year. For those who don’t or are just generally meh, the holidays ahead will prove to be a potentially dangerous territory rife with a mine field of lesser bubblies just waiting to hurt your body and soul.
Of course, the most well-known of sparkling wines is Champagne and while the quality of it can run all over the place (and honestly only gets interesting after the 30€ level) it’s generally a safe bet. There is no reason to go French though as we have a more than ample supply of our own sparkling here called, Cava.
Maybe you’ve been burned by a cheap Cava at some point that had you reaching for the floor after a wedding. Despite not being a true devotee, I can attest there are many out there that are delicious, full of depth, and of varying styles to keep you interested through the myriad of toasts you have ahead of you.
Castell de Perelada Cuvée Especial 2012
Lime peel and roasted almonds and to the nose. Round in the mouth with good balance and a smooth, lingering finish.
100% Chardonnay 11.5% 8.50€
Castell de Perelada Cuvée Rosé 2009
An unusual Rosé of 100% Trepat grapes. It has dried figs and apricot to the nose as well as a touch of earthiness. Larger in the mouth than typical Cava, it has wonderful acidity and additional dried fruit notes with a finish that goes on forever.
100% Trepat 11.5% 10€
Juvé y Camps Essential Xarel·lo 2012
A nose with sweet citric with orange blossom. Slightly meaty in the nose. Neutral in the body and fresh overall although lacking in larger body.
100% Xarel·lo 11.5% 12.50€
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia 2010
A complex nose with touches of the barrel aging but very even overall. A little bread and red fruits emerge as it decants. Even in the mouth, it holds a good, fresh acidity that carries through the finish.
Xarel·lo, Macabeo, Parellada 11.5% 14.50€
Cava Mestres Coquet 2009
Good deal citric in the nose along with peach and apricot. Light and easy. Beeswax in the body, light, and flowing. Touch of complexity from the aging but still light.
Xarel·lo, Parellada, Macabeu 11.5% 15€
Cava Mestres Visol 2007
A traditional blend it shows lemon peel and a light, spicy perfume in the nose. The body is light, of medium acidity, and fresh in the mouth with a short finish at the end of an elegant and very refined bottle.
Macabeu, Xarel·lo, Parellada 11.5% 19€
Cava Mestres Mas Via 2000
A most curious, oxidized nose of orange peel. Very expressive in the mouth with citric notes but elegant and structured. Benefits incredibly well from aging treatment. Was named Best Cava for the Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2015.
75% Xarel·lo, 15% Macabeu, 10% Parellada 12% 46€