What's New in December
¡Penedès in Pink!
Coming Soon - Cava Avinyó Rosado
While the shopping malls are covered in the greens and reds from holiday decorations and many people concern themselves with the little white flakes falling from the sky, there’s only one color that occupies my thoughts now: PINK. Not just any old pink - but pink sparkles! It’s the perfect color for any occasion. I know you must be thinking, “He’s gone mad, did he bump his head?” But there’s a perfectly logical explanation for it all.
You see, those pink sparkles can only mean one thing: Cava Avinyó Rosado. For me, Avinyó’s Cava Rosado is the perfect beverage to accompany almost any occasion. Share a bottle with a loved one over a romantic dinner, pour a glass with some tapas, serve as a cocktail at a holiday gathering, pop a cork to ring in the New Year, or even indulge yourself with a drink from a porron.
Cava Avinyó Rosado is made from 100% free run juice sourced from Avinyó’s Pinot Noir vineyard at La Fassina near the town of Avinyónet del Penedès. It is aged for 12 months before being disgorged. Each bottle is disgorged just before being shipped to the US to ensure that the freshest Cava possible is landing on American shores.
I’m not the only one who enjoys the Cava Avinyó Rosado, read the reviews to see what the press thinks of it.
The Wine Advocate
The non-vintage Rosado, a dramatic neon pink color, is reminiscent of a kir cocktail with its abundant amounts of strawberry fruit, crisp underlying acidity, and touch of tannin. This juicy rose should be a big hit among consumers. This sparkling wine is an intriguing as well as value-priced effort. -R.P. (#159)
The International Wine Cellar
Orange-tinged pink. Stony and fresh, with bright raspberry and redcurrant aromas tinged by minerals and white pepper. Creamy and supple in texture but with a firm edge to its red berry flavors; an exotic note of peach emerges with air. Finishes clean, plush and persistent, with an almost sweet expression of raspberry. This would pair well with strongly seasoned dishes. -J.R. (Sept/Oct 2006)
(Top photo by Casey Lee)
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In the Press
The Wine Spectator reviews some of their favorite wines from Priorat, Ribera del Duero and the Loire Valley.
This lush red is like pie a la mode, sweet with ripe blackberry and huckleberry fruit and vanilla oak flavors. It’s mouthfilling yet not aggressive, and there’s enough acidity to keep it lively. An oaky, modern style, ripe and heady, but rich and deep. Drink now through 2015. –T.M. (Insider Vol.2, No.2)
Le Clos 2002
Still going strong, with nice concentration to its lemon peel, sea salt, dried grapefruit and mineral notes. Plenty of vibrancy on the finish. Impressive for its age. Drink now. 1,175 cases made. -J.M. (Dec 15, 2006)
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