Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

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Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

imageLCBO#: 420364
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5

Elaboradores Bohigas Brut Cava

imageLCBO#: 401216
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: CFermi Bohigas S.A.

This Spanish Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast at first, but then white grape fruitiness comes out and some sourness happens. Creamy white head that leaves a little on top of the wine. The taste has the sourness as well in the start with the grapes in the finish. The sweetness is well-balanced everywhere. The yeast is well-blended in this. Very easy to drink bubbly that is good all over for any situation.

Rating: 3.7/5

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Rosé

imageLCBO#: 370080
Price: $15.95
Made in: Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, Spain
By: Codorniu S.A.
Varietal: Pinot Noir

This Spanish Sparkling Rosé has strawberry aromas with some yeast and notes of vinegar, cherries and plum. Unfortunately, the taste is not as complete. The strawberries are milder with some light sourness in the middle and the yeast showing in the finish. Hints of nuts linger. The mouth is a little too watery and because of this, the yeast is a little too present. Nothing too offensive, but not one we would buy again (better out there for the price).

Rating: 2.8/5

Villa Conchi Cava

imageLCBO#: 386979
Price: $15.95
Made in: Spain
By: Araex Rioja Alavesa S.L.

This Spanish Sparkling is composed of 10% Chardonnay, 30% Macabeo, 30% Xarel and 30% Parellada. Yeast nose with citrus notes. The taste starts off with sourness, but cuts short showing a little sweetness from the fruit. Not much lingers, but gets better with every sip. Eventual yeast shows up in the aftertaste. Then, later hints of apples. Decent dryness in the mouthfeel. A pretty good Sparkling that I would not shy away from bringing this to a friend’s supper.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cavas Hill 1887 Brut Cava

imageLCBO#: 370866
Price: $13.20
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Cavas J Hill Sl

This Spanish bubbly starts off with some yeast nose, but is quickly balanced by the strong fruits and hints of sourness. Eventually, the yeast disappears and only the apples and grape juice is left. The taste is also on the apple-side of things. Not too sweet, with some light sourness and a well-blended mild dry finish. This is quite a nice Sparkling for the less expensive pricing and should be a pleaser for all when many bottles have to be poured at a house party. Would definitely buy again.

Rating: 3.8/5

Rondel Brut Cava

20131201-200217.jpgTotal Wine #: 60170750
Price: $8.99 (US)
Made in: Cava, Spain
By: Rondel

Purchased at Total Wine, as we noticed Wine & Spirit had rated it 90 points. Enjoying it in Vegas. Head dissipates very quickly and the nose is like bad water. After breathing a while, it becomes much better. Aromas of apples, creating some sourness, and even hints of vanilla. The taste is nicely balanced between sweetness and sourness. Mild yeast lingers in the aftertaste. So, not a 90 points, but an easy- sipping inexpensive bubbly found in the States.

Rating: 3.2/5