Maria Casanovas Cava Brut de Brut Reserva

"The lightness of step of the finest Cavas is very much in evidence in this classy wine." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
Cava D.O.
Grape(s)
30% Macabeo, 30% Xarel•lo, and 40% Parellada
Altitude/Soil
300 meters / lime-rich clay with abundant gravel
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested starting in the second week of September
Production
Grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented separately
Aging
Second fermentation and aging in its own bottle for a minimum of 15 months, no dosage
Suggested Retail Price
$18
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Maria Casanovas Cava Brut de Brut Reserva NV
91 (VfC) 90 (W&S) 90 (VM) 87 (WS)
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91 View from the Cellar This is a Brut Nature bottling from Marie Casanovas. The wine is composed of a blend of one-third each of the “big three” traditional grapes of great Cava, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada. There is a bit of purchased juice in this cuvée, though the majority is from estate grown fruit. The wine sees a year and a half to two years aging sur latte, with this bottling disgorged in May of 2017. The wine delivers fine aromatic complexity in its mix of lemon, grapefruit, salty minerality, wild fennel and a touch of ocean breeze. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and very well-balanced for a non-dosé wine, with a good core, elegant mousse and lovely length and grip on the complex finish. This is really well done. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
90 Wine & Spirits Magazine With soft touches of peaches and cinnamon, this has the friendly character of a Cava to drink abundantly in summer. Its bubbles intensify that sensation of freshness and vivacity. Try it with sea bass tiradito.
August 2018 Issue
90 Vinous Media Pale yellow color. Ripe citrus/orchard fruits, a hint of honey and smoky lees on the deeply perfumed nose. Offers nicely concentrated orange, pear nectar and buttered toast flavors that are braced and sharpened by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes toasty and long, leaving hints of chamomile, succulent herbs and orange pith behind. (no dosage; disgorged on April 30, 2018; aged for 15 months on its lees before disgorgement)
2019-2024
Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019
87 Wine Spectator A well-balanced version, lightly creamy in texture and backed by lively acidity, showing flavors of glazed nectarine, slivered almond and chalk. Tangy finish. Drink now.
November 2017
The Washington Post This vibrant cava, made without a “dosage” of sugar, is a prime example of why cava is often champagne’s best cheap imitator. This is an excellent budget choice for holiday toasts — stock up and use the unopened bottles to turn average weekdays into celebrations.
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