The Cava Vilarnau Brut Reserve was made from 50% Macabeo grapes, 35% Parellada and 15% Xarel.lo. Aging in the bottle took place over 15 months. Alcohol is quite restrained, at 11.5% abv, while the retail price is an easy $15.
This sparkling wine from Spain has as much on the nose as it does in the bubbles. Peach and Meyer lemon aromas mix with toasty notes, while the bubbles froth up nicely - although they do dissipate quickly. The palate is fresh and alive, with lemon, minerals and bit of orange peel for a festive flavor.
The Cava Vilarnau Rosé Délicat Réserva combines 85% Garnacha grapes with 15% Pinot Noir. Alcohol sits at 12% abv and the price tag is $16 .
This sparkler colors up in a beautiful salmon orange. The nose has a cherry note added to the peach and lemon. The toasty aspect is gorgeous, the acidity is lively and fresh and the finish is long and vibrant. This is a great bubbly for the holidays.