31 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Bubbly Resolutions: Part 2

So, for my first round of bubbles, I headed over to JV Wine & Spirits, knowing they’d have a good assortment of sparkling to pick from on a ridiculously short time frame (two days before NYE?! Hello!!) I selected three bottles, and stuck with comparing Lamarca Prosecco and Naveran Cava. That third bottle needs to be on it’s own, and will probably show up between now and the first week of the New Year. Anyhoo, overall, both bottles were quite lovely AND easy on the wallet! And now, the results, with the nitty-gritty at the beginning of each, and the slightly more “nerdy” toward the end of each. Both judged by the Deviant Guide:

Lamarca Prosecco DOC NV

The short:

  1. No outstanding or uncharacteristic behaviors in this bottle, but it was nice to drink
  2. The label was definitely attractive to me. Robin’s egg blue (or ‘Tiffany” blue to some), clean and classy look to it, making it easy to want to pull from the shelf
  3. No idea on the tasting room. I mean, come on..it’s made in Italy! And their website points only to the U.S. company in Hayward?! Punching in “who owns Lamarca Prosecco” and alternate versions got me nowhere quickly. The wine might be made there, but I’m curious…If there is a tasting room, someone get me an invite for further investigation!
  4. Let’s be real – we’re talking about a style of sparkling wine that is VERY common in Italy, but it’s not so popular in the general U.S. consumer vernacular. That THAT behavior is why I picked up this (and the other) sparkling wine.¬†Also, Prosecco is both a wine region and a wine grape?Hmmm…That THAT behavior is why I picked up this (and the other) sparkling wine.
The judgement: 4 out of 5 – This would be pretty darn nice to drink on NYE. I picked it up for $13 at my shop, so expect to find it at about that price. Me likey!

The nerdy notes:

  • Light color, slight golden hint, nice initial bubble stream in the glass¬†and decent bubbles once in the glass for more than 10 minutes
  • Nose: pear, cream, slight vanilla, grapefruit hint
  • Taste: fine bubbles, creamy, slight sweetness, light pear and white peach, nice balance

Naveran Cava Brut 2009

The short:

  1. No outstanding or uncharacteristic behaviors in this bottle either, but also nice to drink.
  2. The label has a great vintage quality to it, but between that vintage-ness and the lower price point, I hesitated to pick it up until compared against the other Cavas in the group
  3. Not sure how it compares to other tasting rooms, but the fact that it EXISTS excites me! Anyone feel like booking some round-trip tickets?
  4. Again, reality: we’re talking about Cava, which is Spain’s popular style of sparkling wine. But, we’re also talking about grapes I’ve never heard of until now from another region typically not selected right off the bat for most U.S. consumers.

The judegement: 4 out of 5 – Also pretty nice to drink on NYE. I picked this up for $13 also.

The nerdy notes:

  • light color, slightly darker than Lamarca, nice initial bubble stream and decent bubbles once in the glass for more than 10 minutes
  • Nose: creamy, slight yeast
  • Taste: apple, creamy, very fine bubbles, nice finish/lingers, pear notes
  • Grapes include: 50% Xarello, 30% Macabeo, 20% Parellada


Final thoughts

Okay, so technically I cheated a little. Though popular styles in their own regions, they still need more recognition from our regular wine drinking folks. Also, they are ridiculously easy on the wallet, and provide a heck of a lot of enjoyment. P.S. A nice surprise awaits you under the cage wrappers of each bottle – fun little crown caps to the corks! (See my pic above!)

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