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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Poema Cava Brut NV

I'm generally a huge fan of Cava and think that the quality versions coming from this DO in Spain are some of the most value driven wines in the world. Where else can you get sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method and from small estate producers for a mere $12?

The Poema Brut Cava is made from 40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel-lo, and 20% Parellada sourced from vineyards that grow on the hills surrounding Barcelona. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, the the lots are blended and secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle according to Metodo Tradicional.

On the nose I get aromas of citrus peel, green apple, and toasted bread. The green apple is very pronounced and the yeasty bread type aroma is very nice and brings a secondary note of complexity.

On the palate the wine displays some very nice apple notes that combine with hints of toast, chalky mineral, and just a touch of mandarin orange. The finish is dry, but very smooth and round in texture.

This is a very simple wine that doesn't need a lot of analyzing, but will pair well with oysters and other delicate seafood's. It's a great alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc and a wine that can be enjoyed  by the pool, at the dinner table, or served as an aperitif at your party! 87 points

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