Maria Casanovas Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2005

Region: Cava D.O.

Grapes: 42% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir, 8% Parellada, 6%Macabeo, 6% Xarello
Vintage: 2005
Color: Sparkling

Maria Casanovas Cavas were first produced in 2000 to commemorate the centenary of the winery. Utilizing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blended with small amounts of traditional Cava varietals, the wine is assembled after an exhaustive search and tasting of various lots of wines from Penedes. The focus is exceptional balance in the finished wine. Bottled in May 2006 and disgorged April 2008 after aging on the yeast for 24 months. No Dosage.

Bronze Medal
Dallas Morning News 2009 Wine Competition

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Publication Score Comments
The Wine Enthusiast 89 Steps it up with aromas of white corn, bread and creamy citrus. The palate is integrated and smooth, with orange and melon flavors. Finishes tropical but dry; richer than most due to 80% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the blend.
A Top Rated Cava
Issue 2211, November '09
The Wine Advocate 91 The 2005 Brut Nature Gran Reserva is light straw-colored with persistent small bubbles and a classy bouquet. Aromas of yeast, mineral, apple, and hazelnuts lead to a full-flavored, intense Cava with a firm palate-feel, crisp flavors, and a lengthy finish.
Issue 175, February '08
Guia de Vinos Gourmets NA Straw gold. Powerful and aromatic, with notes of baked apples, fresh herbs, confectionery, freshly baked pastries, aniseed and fine toast. Tasty, fresh and structured in the mouth, with echos of quince jelly, angel food cake, toated bread, candied fruits; creamy, with notes of pastry. Elegant and persistent finish.
Scored 8.25/10 among the top 4 Cavas of Spain in 2008 by Guia Gourmets
Issue 2009
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Bonus Features 90 Bright straw with delicate bubbles. Pungent, mineral-driven aromas of pear, melon, peach pit and lime zest. Impressively complex, offering finely etched orchard fruit and citrus flavors, with slow-building leesiness adding depth. An elegant, admirably balanced and seamless Cava that finishes with excellent clarity and persistence.
Cava: Spain's Great Value in Sparkling Wine, October '08