My wife and I make it a point to drink sparkling wine on a weekly basis. It’s typically Friday night…thus “T.G.I.F. Bubbly” It’s a celebration of sort to the end of the workweek. She get’s to drink, and enjoy the bubbly, while I get to drink, enjoy and blog about it! This week’s bubbly is Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut , a Cava from Spain produced by Segura Viudas.
Cava isn’t from a particular region in Spain, rather it’s a term used for Spanish sparklers made in the traditional method (known as Méthode Champenoise) used in France. While there are some other regions in Spain that also make Cava, about 95% of the production comes from the traditional home of Cava, the Penedes region in Catalunya (a.k.a. Catalonia) The basic rules for making wines that may be called Cava are as follows:
- Must be made in the traditional method (secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle)
- Must age on lees in the bottle in which it will be sold for a minimum of 9 months, 18 months for Reservas and 24 months for Gran Reservas.
- All the grapes used for must be white grapes – the 3 most common being Macabeo (a.k.a. Viura), Parellada (pronounced pa-re-yada), and Xarel.lo (pronounced cha-rel-low) – unless you are making a Rose, in which case certain red grapes are permitted.
- Macabeo (a.k.a Viura in Rioja) contributes acidity, freshness, and fruitiness; Xarel-lo brings body, alcohol and depth of flavor, while Parellada adds delicacy, and elegance to the blend.
The producer, Segura Viudas, is part of the Freixenet family of wines that includes Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma. They use proprietary yeast strains cultivated at their in-house yeast farm, in the secondary fermentation. This cuvée is composed of 7 different base wines: 3 of Macabeo, 3 of Parellada and1 of Xarel·lo.
I’ve been keen to try this one, but I keep buying the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva which is our “house” Cava. It’s also a wine that also made my “Top 20 Sparkling Wines Under $20” list last year. In addition to the two wines noted here, Segura Viudas makes 5 other Cava’s imported here to the U.S. – Extra Dry, Brut Rose, ARIA Extra Dry, ARIA Sparkling Pinot Noir, and Reserva Heredad, their top of the line Cava (which along with the Brut Rosé is on my wins to try list!).
My tasting notes follow:
Very pale green yellow color with fresh bread, stone-fruit, and nutty aromas. On the palate, it’s light-bodied with a surprisingly explosive moderately soft mousse with apple, pear, and mineral flavors. Medium finish – 86pts
Rating: Recommended! I prefer the Brut Reserva which has some citrus notes (which I prefer) that I didn’t pick up in this one, and this one is a couple of more bucks, but I’d buy again!
Pair with: The beauty of sparkling wines is their versatility with food, because of their palate cleansing quality (think scrubbing bubbles;-). I think this one works well as work both as an aperitif (Kettle-style potato chips, and seasoned popcorn are coming to mind), or main courses like pizza, grilled poultry or prawns, sushi, sashimi or lobster mac and cheese. Even pair with a light dessert like shortbread cookies, or fresh fruit!
Looking for more ideas? Segura Viudas USA has one of the cooler websites I’ve seen in terms of pairing their wines with food. They give you the choice of using their food pairing app (it’ll cost you your email address), or connecting to Facebook, and according to their website…
Using your food-related LIKEs and restaurant check ins on Facebook we can instantly find a wine that is perfectly matched to your tastes!
The Wine Geek Stuff:
- Alcohol: 12.1% alcohol.
- Closure: Cork
- Where it’s from: > Spain> Catalunya> Cava
- Varietal(s): 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo
- Production method: Traditional Method; Aged on lees at least 15 months
- Dosage: Brut
- Retail: $11.99 (BevMo), but available for as low as $8.
- Cases produced: Unknown
- Drink: Now
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