Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pretty and Pink from the Penedes

The Penedes wine region in the Spanish province of Catalonia is that nation's epicenter of art, literature, philosophy, gastronomy and culture.  More importantly, for wine drinkers, it's where Spain's famed cavas are made.  Cavas, named for the caves within which they are aged. 

I recommend the Marques de Monistrol MPX Brut Rose' Cava.  While this pink sparkler is certainly not expensive, it is a shining example of the overall wine value potential available from Spain.  Pink and pretty from the Penedes, the MPX Rose' Cava has a soft, creamy style with a well-integrated mousse.  This Cava is crisp and elegant on the palate with intense red berry fruit flavors.  While the fruit is there, this is no sweet affair. Minimal residual sugar on the back of the palate shows a restrained "dosage", or extra sweetness added to the sparkling wine with a bright cherry note woven into the fabric here.  

On sale through Winter for $11.99 and free shipping on a case at Wines.com!

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