Light and lucid, with fine pear, almond and cream aromas. The palate splashes apple and nectarine fruit, while the acids and zest on the finish function as the perfect cleanser. Crisp, tasty, and on the dot.
Stalky and grassy smelling, which is par for a Penedès white blend. There str also apple and lemon-lime notes on the nose. In the mouth, it’s lively and spritzy in feel, with pineapple, lime and grassy flavors. Zesty, dry and minerally on the finish, this should pair well with seafood and paella.
Starts out rough, with latex, rubber and leathery aromas. After those smells subside, the palate is lively and solid, with tangy red berry and red plum flavors. Finishes firm and tight, with juicy acidity. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot.
This structured, medium-weight wine’s nose offers dried apple and nutty aromas. Crisp lime and stony notes come up strongly on the palate. The mouth shows good tension and decent acidity, the flavors are persistent on the solid finish of this tasty white. Drink now–2004. Best Buy. —M.M.
Yellow in color, with a peachy, baked set of aromas. The palate hits with a blast of acidity but not much else, while the flavors are brash and lean toward green apple and green plum. Rounder and softer on the finish, but also short.
Compact and pungent, and borderline ungenerous at first. Once it opens up, there’s ripe cherry and berry fruit pumped forward by zippy acidity. Toward the back it grows darker and more masculine, and at the very end the tannins get tough.
Only a slight note of cheese gets in the way of the otherwise clean nose. In the mouth, lime and lemon flavors are drying, while the finish is simple, like tonic water or something similar. Like many cavas, this one seems to have the goods to work well at cocktail parties and receptions. —M.S.
Take the bubbles out of Cava and this is pretty much what’s left. The nose is light, with peach and banana aromas. Tangy flavors of orange and pineapple are lively but lacking, and the finish is ripe but simple. For flush flavors and just enough zap, this is good.