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Agustí Torelló 2006 Kripta Gran Reserva Brut Nature Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $116
Always one of Spain’s best bubblies, this is precise and dry, with a dusty apple aroma and only a bit of yeast on the bouquet. It feels expansive and rich, with cutting acidity that’s offset by yeasty cream, toast and butterscotch flavors. Juicy and generous at the same time.  — M.S.  (12/31/2012)
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Raventós I Blanc 2009 de Nit Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $26
This has a pretty light color, with dry raspberry and citrus scents. The palate is pure and elegant, with tangerine, grapefruit and nectarine flavors. This finishes longer than most, with poise and grace.  — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
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Gramona 2001 III Lustros Gran Reserva Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $46
Here’s a serious Cava with Champagne qualities. The nose is nutty and rich, with hints of vanilla and popcorn that aren’t overdone. The palate is toasty but also candied, with citrus blending perfectly with butterscotch. Plump and ripe through the finish, this is high-end and stylish, as Spanish bubbly goes. Drink now or hold in a good cellar for a few more years.  — M.S.  (12/15/2008)
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Llopart 2006 Leopardi Brut Nature Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $40
This luxury Cava is entirely clean and pure on the bouquet. The palate is bright, lifted and zesty for a 2006, with apple, dry spice and lingering citrus notes. The body is defined by its yeasty weight and foam but it’s not heavy or dull. Only 100 cases of this beauty were made. Drink now–2015.  — M.S.  (2/1/2013)
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Castellroig 2009 Sabaté I Coca Reserva Familiar Xarel-lo (Cava)

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  1. $65
Toasty popcorn aromas are pitched against dry white-fruit scents. This has a good, pure feel to the palate, while flavors of bright apple, lime, white grapefruit and ocean brine finish crisp and mildly salty. This is a complex brut nature made entirely from Xarel-lo. 250 cases made.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Gramona 2005 III Lustros Gran Reserva Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $45
Gramona is known for yeasty, complex sparklers, and this falls into that paradigm. The nose is definitely yeasty, with apple and green melon aromas. It’s a bit soft for Cava, but that’s because it’s an ’05 that rested on lees for years. Flavors of toasted bread and apple are long on complexity and short on fruit, but once again that’s what distinguishes Gramona…  — M.S.  (2/1/2013)
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Juvé y Camps 2007 Gran Reserva Brut Sparkling (Cava)

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  1. $50
A fine Cava with easygoing white fruit aromas and a cushioned, full and round palate. Tastes rich and honeyed, with toasty, nutty, dry apple and pear flavors. Elegant and complex, with texture and style.  — M.S.  (2/1/2012)
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Agustí Torelló 2002 Reserva Barrica Brut Nature Macabeo (Cava)

  1. $39
Light gold in color, with a yeasty, toasted corn nose. Full-bodied, with a mellow bead, butterscotch, pithy apple and a peppery bite to the palate. Because it’s 100% Macabeo it comes across a little monotone and cidery, which may also be due to age and barrel fermentation of the base wine. Drink now.  — M.S.  (12/15/2009)
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