Full Review

Gran Barón

Gran Barón
Brut Reserva , Chardonnay, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pork Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12% RS: .9%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Gran Barón
Brut Reserva , Chardonnay, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pork Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12% RS: .9%
Dusty yellow straw color. Roasted aromas and flavors of butter roasted pumpkin seeds brioche, grilled tropical fruits, hint of rubber and aloe leaves, and mossy spring banks with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long lemon spritzed white peach and apple, coconut water, hint of latin herbs, and nutskin finish. A subtle and evocative Cava that will be great at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Non-Oaky, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Savory
Aroma Aroma: butter roasted pumpkin seeds brioche, grilled tropical fruits, hint of rubber and aloe leaves, and mossy spring banks
Taste Flavor: lemon spritzed white peach and apple, coconut water, hint of latin herbs, and nutskin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spicy Tapas, Fried Oysters, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A subtle and evocative Cava that will be great at the table.

The Producer

Vallformosa Cava

The Producer
C La Sala 45
Vilobi del Penedes
Barcelona, 08735
Spain
34 -938978286

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.