Full Review

VARA

VARA
NV Silverhead Brut Reserva, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$23

VARA
NV Silverhead Brut Reserva, Cava DO

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Cava

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, poached pears, caramel, chalk, brioche, tangerine, honeydew melon, and yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of apricot chutney and lime granita with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively, concentrated Cava that offers a lovely accompaniment to hors d’ouerves and more.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Old World
Aroma Aroma: toasted nuts, poached pears, caramel, chalk, brioche, tangerine, honeydew melon, and yuzu
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of apricot chutney and lime granita
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 lively, concentrated Cava that offers a lovely accompaniment to hors d'ouerves and more.

The Producer

Vara Wines

The Producer
315 Alameda Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
USA
1 505-898-6280

Their Portfolio

BR VARA 2018 Vino Blanco Espanol, Viura, Spain 13.2% (Spain) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR VARA NV New Mexico Rose Wine, New Mexico 17% (USA) $32.00. - Bronze Medal
85 VARA 2018 Garnacha Rosado, Grenache, Spain 13.5% (Spain) $18.00.
88 VARA 2017 Tempranillo, American 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
88 VARA 2018 Albarino, American 13.5% (USA) $27.00.
89 VARA NV Silverhead Brut, Cava DO 11.5% (Spain) $18.00.
89 VARA NV Silverhead Brut Reserva, Cava DO 11.5% (Spain) $23.00.
88 VARA 2019 Tempranillo, Spain 14.2% (Spain) $18.00.
85 VARA 2019 Grenache, Spain 14.2% (Spain) $18.00.
89 VARA 2019 Viura, Spain 13.2% (Spain) $17.00.

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.