Caves Naveran 2016 Brut Vintage, Cava DO
Item Number: 11541
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Cava DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Xarello / 30% Macabeo / 20% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone
Elevation: 827 ft
This wine is the least expensive vintage bubbly on the planet (taste it blind against a $40 non-vintage “big brand” Champagne). Made by the Naveran family since 1901, this bodega has a great tradition of crafting Cavas that are superb expressions of clean, bright, citrus-inflected aromas and flavors with the all-important tiny bubbles.
Winemaking Notes<:/b> The fruit for this Cava comes from organically grown vines planted from 1970 - 1985. Each grape variety is harvested, crushed and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at low temperature, tirage and second fermentation in the bottle (typical of the traditional method for sparkling wine) for a minimum of 12 months and often longer, depending on vintage. Then, disgorgement (deguelle) is followed by dosage. The wine is aged for a minimum of 12 months and often longer, depending on vintage, on its lees.
Tasting Notes: Pale green-tinged gold. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying Meyer lemon and melon scents and a smoky mineral topnote. Fleshy, dry and focused on the palate, offering ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors with a spicy edge of ginger. Finishes smooth and sappy, displaying good persistence and a touch of toastiness. This Naveran Brut Vintage will pair with soft cheeses, fresh fruit, white meats (pork and chicken) and even richly flavored red meats. This Cava is great for sipping on its own, especially for receptions and other “standing up” events.