We spent the late morning building a forest of empty bottles while looking out over the vines. Maite and Ana (the brand new winemaker) held fourth on varieties, technique and vineyard sites. Maite gave us a cute little children’s nemonic for the characteristics of the three native cava grapes. They are like a little family: Xarel-lo is the daddy or male, it has a strong body and is stronger in alcohol, it gives the wine structure. Macabeo is the mommy, it has a softer body, lower in alcohol and great aromas. Parellada represents the children and helps harmonize the wine.
New Wine Alert: Steel fermented still wine 100% Xarel-lo
Things get a little fuzzy but fun The adorable pixie like winemaker Ana presented her first new wine, a non-sparkling Xarel-lo from 70 year old vines, not very expensive and due in the states in time for summer. Definitely stay tuned. Sorry guys I dropped the ball, she’s cute but I missed the photo-op, did take lots of notes though on this and three of the sparklers
Tasting notes: 2010 Marques de Gelida Xarel-lo release about June 2011, price $10-$15
Non sparkling from 70 year old vines, steel fermented 2 months sur lie.
Nose: unripe pineapple, green apple, white pepper, peach stones and guava
Taste: bone dry, zingy with a creamy texture from the sur lie probably and hints of citrus along with the tropical and tree fruit tastes, excellent to quaff or for seafood
Tasting notes: Kila Cava Brut in stock $8.99
from younger vines, tasted 2009 at cava, have 2008 in store
Nose: Fruity and fresh with green apple and lime aromas
Taste: Fresh clean green apple and citrus flavors up front with a touch of toast or cookie in the middle and a crisp clean finish, good as a starter or for apps
Tasting notes Marques de Gelida Brut Reserva Ecologico $18.99
tasted 2008 at cava, 2007 currently available in US, made with organic grapes from higher vineyard sites
Nose: Tauter mineral notes than the Kila, more like Champagne with floral, lime and green apple aromas
Taste: Delicate and dry with crisp apple and citrus notes up front and hints of cookie and mineral on the finish, very good
Tasting notes Marques de Gelida Brut Rose $16.99
100% Pinot Noir. tasted 2008 in cava, have 2007 in store. I think the addition of Pinot in rose cavas is a great move, it really changes it from those flavors of Spanish rose to the delicate flavors of a real rose Champagne.
Nose: Strawberry and cherry aromas and some mineral notes with a slight cherry pie quality quality
Taste: Crisp acidity, good berry and citrus flavors, was excellent with the yellowfin toro sashimi appetizer at lunch