Celler Vilafranca NV 'Casteller' Cava DO

Celler Vilafranca NV 'Casteller' Cava DO

Item Number: 2810

UPC: 0-810411010419

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Penedés
Appellation/AVA: Cava DO
Grape(s): 20% Xarel-lo / 40% Macabeu / 40% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone, clay and sand
Elevation: 328 - 1,640 feet
Case Production: 10,000 Cases made - 6,000 for the US.

If you like bright, zesty citrus flavors and the fine bubbles of Champagne, try Casteller Cava!

Winemaking Notes: Casteller is made by the largest vineyard owner in the Penedés region, which only makes wine with the best 40% of its grapes. The rest is sold in bulk to other neighboring producers. Casteller can use its own high-quality estate fruit in Penedés to make the best value wines without buying grapes from other growers. For vinification, the traditional méthode champenoise is used where the effervescence is produced by a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine is aged for 12 months on the lees; by law all wines labeled Cava must be aged a minimum of 9 months on the lees.

Tasting Notes: The Casteller Brut Cava exhibits green apple and citrus aromas. In the mouth, it has crisp, fresh flavors with citrus-lime notes and just a touch of sweetness. It tastes fresh, clean and nervy. This bright, vibrant Cava will pair well with most any tapas, savory or sweet, or casual small plates, especially those centered on seafood. It has more than enough substance and interest to be an excellent aperitif on its own.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (4/1/2010)

    Celler Vilafranca’s N.V. Casteller Cava contains the traditional Cava varieties of Xarel-lo, Macabeu, and Parellada kept on the lees for 12 months. Light straw colored, it displays an appealing nose of green apple, fresh biscuit, and mineral. Crisp on the palate with a refreshing finish, this excellent value will deliver pleasure over the next 1-2 years.