Full Review

Grand Ducay

Grand Ducay
NV Cava, Cariñena

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11.99
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Grand Ducay
NV Cava, Cariñena

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
Pale golden straw color. Elegant aromas of almond biscotti, golden apple, brioche with butter and orange marmalade, candied ginger, and rubber with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long sweet almond, tangerine, pineapple, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fabulously balanced Cava with rich toasty notes, singing citrusy acidity and mouthwatering minerality.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: almond biscotti, golden apple, brioche with butter and orange marmalade, candied ginger, and rubber
Taste Flavor: sweet almond, tangerine, pineapple, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
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 fabulously balanced Cava with rich toasty notes, singing, citrusy acidity and mouthwatering minerality.

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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.