Casteller Cava Brut<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Unlike a lot of Cava these days, Casteller comes only from estate-grown native varieties , and spends 12 months on the lees in bottle. Clean, bright and dry, this is a textbook example of traditional Cava profile and sets a very high bar for those new to the style.
RATING HISTORY:2021 91 International Wine & Spirits Competition; Top 100 values of 2010 by Wine Enthusiast
GRAPE:Estate fruit. 40% Macabeo, 40% Xarello, 20% Parellada. Vines planted in 1995. Tended in limestone, clay and sandy soil at 100 - 500 m (328 - 1,640 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This bright, vibrant Cava will pair well with most any tapas, savory or sweet, or casual small plates, especially those centered on seafood. It has more than enough substance and interest to be an excellent aperitif on its own.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:As DO Cava requires, the traditional method is used. The wine is aged for 12 months on the lees, surpassing the DO minimum of 9 months.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in northeastern Spain, a few miles south of Barcelona in the Alt (High) Penedés subregion of the Penedés DO. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at 176 meters (577 ft.) elevation, the vineyards and winery are located in the town of Vilafranca del Penedés. The ancient Greeks introduced vines to this area prior to the 4th Century BC. The topsoil is limestone and sand and poor in organic matter, resulting in low yields per vine and greater skin-to-juice ratio per berry, which produces more intense and concentrated flavors. The area's climate has an average temperature from April to October of 67F, and has a yearly rainfall of 24 inches.
TASTING NOTES:The Casteller Brut Cava exhibits green apple and citrus aromas. In the mouth, it has crisp, fresh flavors with citrus-lime notes and just a touch of sweetness. It tastes fresh, clean and nervy.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.8 lbs (.83 kg)
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