Avinyo Brut Reserva Cava Penedes
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend based on 80% macabeu; Lot 11152): Green-tinged yellow. Pear, nectarine and orange on the expressive nose, with notes of white flowers and honey adding complexity. Smooth and gently spicy, offering deep orchard fruit flavors and a hint of herbs. Turns livelier with air, finishing with very good punch and an echo of ripe pear.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An excellent value in sparkling wine from Spain, the non-vintage Cava Brut (made from 80% free run juice and aged 18 months) is a tasty, light to medium-bodied, dry sparkler. Notes of bread dough, grapefruit, and other citrus as well as tiny pinpoint bubbles are offered in a refreshing, vigorous style. Enjoy this Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarel-lo blend over the next year.