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Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida
NV Rosé Cava, Pinot Noir, Penedes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
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Viva La Vida
NV Rosé Cava, Pinot Noir, Penedes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: <1%
Coral orange color. Toasty aromas of strawberry jelly on brioche, crystalized lemon peel, and wildflowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length crisp pink lady apples finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty balance of juicy fruits and toasty oak; a summer staple.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: strawberry jelly on brioche, crystalized lemon peel, and wildflowers
Taste Flavor: crisp pink lady apples
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty balance of juicy fruits and toasty oak; a summer staple.

The Producer

Kitfox Vineyards - 3 Finger Wine Co.

The Producer
14100 Mountain House Rd
Hopland, CA 95449
USA
1 415-377-2710

Their Portfolio

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.