‘Tis the season of celebrations and the time of year when people are more likely to be thinking about sparkling wines than other times of year. Although I’m an advocate of celebrations anytime of year and of enjoying sparkling wine with or without a celebration.
And I don’t think I’m the only one with this perspective. More and more people are discovering that sparkling wine is something to enjoy year round. Of course that can be challenging with high-priced wines, which is why I love to find good bubbly at bargain prices. A good option for that is Cava.
Cava is a style of sparkling wine from Spain. It is made using the traditional Champagne method, which means specific techniques are used including secondary fermentation in the bottle to create the carbonation. While some Cava is on the high-end, you can find plenty that is reasonably-priced.
Segura Viudas is one of the larger Cava producers. They focus exclusively on Cava and they have a number of different styles (with different price ranges) that they produce. This wine is released under their “Aria” brand, in which they have offer the Estate Brut, Extra Dry and Pinot Noir Brut.
A touch of yeast, a touch of lemon, a touch of green apple and a touch of orange blossom make up the aromas on this sparkler. The complexity is fabulous and elegant. The palate offer zesty lemon flavors along with some green apple and subtle coriander flavors. The acidity is perfect and the mouthfeel is nice. It finishes with tangy, lemon-drizzled apple flavors and a bit of salty-mineral.
Wine: Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut
Variety: Cava – 50% Macabeo, 40% Parellada, 10% Xarel-lo
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.