Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Night With Anna (de Codorniu Brut NV)

I spent a great night with Anna.  Anna de Codorniu Brut, NV a Cava, which is a sparkling wine from the Penedés region of Catalonia, Spain.  It was a fine evening with a fantastic Cava.

A little background on Cava and the Codorniu brand. Cava is a sparkling wine made using the methode traditionelle which is the same way they make Champagne in France.  The second fermentation happens in the bottle.  They usually use 3 of the indigenous grapes of the region, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada.

The history of the Codorniu family growing grapes and making wines dates back to 1551.  In 1659 Anna Codorniu married Miquel Raventos which brought together two important wine growing families in the region.

Fast forward to 1872, Codorniu winemaker Josep Raventos produced the first bottle of Cava using the methode traditionelle. It wasn't until 1984 when the Cava named after Anna was released.  What makes it different is that it is the first Cava to include Chardonnay in the mix.  This Cava, Anna is a tribute to the last descendant to carry the Codorniu surname. In 2002 they released the first Rose Cava produced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes.



The Anna de Codorniu Brut, NV is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada.  It spent 18 months on the lees which is unusual for a Cava.  What this does is add complexity to the wine.  It's a very elegant wine.  If you are familiar with the profile of Chardonnay, you will note the aromas coming from the glass.  A bit of some citrus, green apple, honeydew melon and a hint of toast.  The mouth feel is so smooth, a bit creamy which is what the Parellada grape brings to the bottle.  The wine is well balanced with melon on the palate and a nice clean and lemony finish.

This Cava is a steal at $14.99 SRP.  Think about it for your next gathering.

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