Gramona Gran Cuvee 2008 Cava, $16.99-$18.99, 89 points, wasn't at all like the Freixenet Cava; Gramona Gran Cuvee is more Champagne-like and is made with Xarello, Macabeo, and Parellada grapes (traditional Cava blend), where Prosecco is, without getting too complicated, the grape varietal in Prosecco wines. Cava is more a style of wine and wine-making that follows certain legal and traditional rules.
To the wine:
The color is light gold with bubbles that are mostly all-at-once after pouring.
The aroma has hints of toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla, all of which carry-on to the early palate.
The body is near medium, carrying good acidity and is quite dry.
Mid to late palate flavors include Spanish olive and a nuttiness which descends somewhat with the long finish, which also has hints of tart apple and ginger.
This is a vastly more complex wine and should be drunk very cold and not allowed to warm, unless you like your white wine more viscous and almost oily in flavor.
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