2013AvinyoRose2013 Avinyo, Brut Rose, Reserva Cava, Alt Penedes, Spain.
A wonderful pink sparkler that makes for a fun and savvy Valentine’s Day choice, but really this is terrific stuff and quality Cava. From Alt Penedes, the Avinyo Cava made by the Esteve Nadal family is from high elevation vines, it is an estate Cava and this Rose Brut Reserva is all Pinot Noir from free run juice and crafted methode champenoise. The Brut Rose Reserva Avinyo is aged on the lees for 12 months before disgorgement and it has plenty of fine yeasty character along with clear red fruit, tart cherry, strawberry and citrusy notes, spice and mineral. The mousse is rich, but delicate in feel, this is Catalan bubbles at it’s best and most vibrant. Super just sipping away, though even better with cuisine, this beauty goes with just about anything, this Avinyo is a joy in the glass, dry, detailed, fresh and with good length, it is easy to love. Avinyo Cava’s are stylish, especially this Rose, but regular Brut Reserva is super tasty as well, be sure to check them out!
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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