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NV Vallformosa Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Origen Cava Brut"

Winery: Vallformosa

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Origen Cava Brut"

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 40% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo, & 30% Parallada

Region: Penedes

State or country: Spain

Price: $20

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: December 31, 2015

Wine Review: Cava should be a category that all wine enthusiasts should take more seriously. The wines are nothing short of the best values in the sparkling wine category as they are inexpensive but have so much going on. The Vallformosa "Origen" is no exception. The bouquet is brilliant showing upfront floral notes, mid notes of kumquats and tangerines, and back notes of French toast. The palate doesn't have quite the depth of the nose missing out on the bready and yeasty flavors, but the minerality, floral notes (lilacs and daisies), and green apple and nectarines show through nicely. The finish is medium in length but doesn't lack enthusiasm. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: The color is pale straw yellow with greenish hints. The bubbles are peppy and lively. On the nose, the fruity aromas are a mixture of green apple, pear and apricot, with touches of nuts and pastry. The palate is harmonious and appetizing, with light touches of acidity. This classic Cava finishes round and elegant with lovely fruity character.

Organic status: not organic

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