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Freixenet

Freixenet
NV Cordon Negro Brut, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Freixenet
NV Cordon Negro Brut, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12%
Silvery emerald straw color. Artificial aromas and flavors of baked nectarine, praline, and green apple and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon and kiwi relish, tangerine shrub, almond cookie, and hint of rubber leaf. A very tasty and appetizing Cava that is a fine example of the category.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: baked nectarine, praline, and green apple and pear
Taste Flavor: lemon and kiwi relish, tangerine shrub, almond cookie, and hint of rubber leaf
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty and appetizing Cava that is a fine example of the category.

The Producer or Importer

Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves

The Producer or  Importer
PO Box 1427
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-996-7256

Cava

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Cava is a term that refers to Spanish sparkling wine. The word means "cave" or "cellar"; while it is used for bubblies across the country, most examples come from Catalonia in the Penedes region in northeast Spain.

Cava is produced according to the classic method used in Champagne, although aging requirements are much shorter. While a few producers use Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the most common varieties in Cava are Macabeo, Paralleda (white) and Monastrell (red). Cava can be made as a white or rosé; the latter category is produced with the addition of red wine.

Most examples of Cava are value-oriented, costing between $12 and $15 on US retail shelves. Several large producers have made greet strides in this market and their entry level wines are meant for immediate consumption, while their special cuvées can age for three years or longer. Use Cava for an aperitif or for a moderately priced sparkling wine to accompany lighter seafood or poultry.