2008 Recaredo Brut Reserva Cava

Why We Love It:

For nearly a century, Cava Recaredo has been a leading producer of top quality sparkling wines from Spain’s Penedes region. While many (perhaps most) of the Cava you see on store shelves here in Ontario tends to skew towards the low price/low quality end of the spectrum, there are a handful of fine Cavas that compete with the finest sparkling wines produced anywhere in the world. By employing careful vineyard and cellar management processes, Recaredo has managed to position itself in the same breath as the finest producers of Champagne and other top quality sparkling wines, crafting authentic and characterful releases that have captured the imagination, attention and affection of wine lovers.

Recipes & Food:

Crab & Avocado Quesadillas – RECIPE

Cilantro-Lime Scented Salmon Taquitos – RECIPE

Asparagus, Brie & Puff Pastry Tart – RECIPE

Price:

BOTTLE: Sale Price – $39.95 (originally $44.95)

CASE: Sale Price – $239.70 (originally $269.70)

Technical Specs:

ALCOHOL: 12.5%

BOTTLE: 750mL

CASE PACK: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 46% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo & 14% Parellada

CLOSURE: Natural Cork

CELLAR POTENTIAL: Drink now to 2020

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8°C to 10°C

Tasting Notes:

“The current vintage of the 2008 Brut Nature which is a blend of 46% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 14% Parellada aged for 46 months in bottle with the lees. It is a superb entry-level Cava (which it is not, but it is for the winery!) with an elegant bouquet of white flowers, pears, apples and freshly-baked brioche, fresh and elegant, subtle, with a fresh palate with tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles that only seem to add freshness and texture, with clean flavors, superb acidity and balance. A great Cava at a bargain price. Drink now-2017.

Recaredo is a very old Cava house, as they have been grape growers and wine producers since 1924, but they have come to the forefront of the quality leaders recently. They have worked very hard for that, especially when it comes to work in the vineyards and respect for nature and tradition. They only use grapes from their own vineyards in the Alt Penedes zone, which are worked organically and biodynamically (Demeter certified). All grapes are hand-harvested and vinified by them and the wines are aged sur lie with cork stoppers. They are disgorged by hand without resorting to freezing the neck after no less than 30 months in contact with the lees and regular hand turning of the bottles. No liqueur de expedition is added to any of the wines, they are all Brut Nature. All wines are produced from a single vintage. I’m not sure if there is any other sparkling wine producer in the world who works with such strict standards, but what is most impressive is that all that is certified for the wines produced in the last ten years! Congratulations to the Mata family and to winemaker Ton Mata for such achievement. There is a sense of energy and harmony in their wines that is impressive; they are all highly recommended. Prices for the top-bottling can be steep, but the regular Brut Nature is a bargain.”

92/100 Points
Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com


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