2008 Mas Codina Vinya Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Penedes

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The Garrida family, proud owners of vines and winemakers since the 17th century, focus primarily on their artisanal Cava production. And their Cava is fantastic (you should try it, we sell that too!). However, they also produce a range of tables wines, of which their Cabernet Sauvignon might be the best. A delicious, sturdy, dark fruited expression of fully ripe Cabernet, there is a lot of palate weight, structure, fruit intensity and balance to make this one heck of a Cab for very little money. Highly recommended. (Joe Manekin, Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2013  | Send Email
Fans of Torres Cabs take note- this is a serious little bottle of Cabernet! The Mas Codina Vinya Ferrer has plenty of tasty, curranty fruit and solid, medium bodied texture. I felt like I got much more than $15 worth on the finish... This wine has got minerality and length that I associate with much more expensive bottles!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
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Joe Manekin has found for us some really amazingly complex, high-profiled wines at amazingly “dirt cheap” prices on his latest buying trips to Spain, Portugal, and South America. This Penedes Cabernet from Mas Codina is a prime example of what magnificent, economical productions Joe has been discovering. Noted mostly for their delightful Cava, this Cabernet Gem is deeply colored, shows a bright, flashy nose of blackberries, cloves, and anise fruit tones with a cigar-like to mocha under notes. These characteristics carry over nicely to a well-balanced, integrated palate impression with good complexity, excellent structure and a finish that refuses to surrender. Open this up for the dinner that you have prepared for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day after you have had a toast from the great Cava from Mas Codina. Rusty has informed me that this delicious Gem will be one of our house reds for the month. 14.0% ABV
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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2012  | Send Email
A fun, fresh Cab that reminds me more of something from the Loire Valley with its subtle herb, tobacco and spice notes. A food-friendly Tuesday night wine.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/3/2012  | Send Email
One of the properties we visited on our buying trip in April of 2012. This is still a small family owned and operated winery with an excellent eye for detail. Clean and fresh this cava is aged for a minimum of 24 months and has subtle toasty nuances and spice notes. A terrific value and a happy addition to our Direct Import sparkling wine program.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Penedes

Alcohol Content (%): 14