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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Mont-Marcal Cava Brut Rosado Reserva 2009
Mont-Marcal Cava Brut Rosado Reserva 2009
(search item no. 110980)

PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An intense and attractive redcurrant color with violet tones. Fine bubbles and mousse. The bouquet is dominated by berries such as cherries and blackberries, with a base of plum and fig compote and slight evolution from its contact with the lees. On the palate it is young, fruity, fresh, soft and above all elegant.

This is an ideal Cava to drink as an aperitif and with a wide range of dishes, from croquettes, pasta, salads with red fruits, carpaccios, soft creamy cheeses to dishes made with cured sausages, white meats (veal, rabbit, milk fed lamb), poultry, strong spiced and smoked food and a great variey of cakes. The fine mousse makes it refreshing and perfect to help the digestion of meals. Recommended serving temperature is 6°C and should be stored in a dry and cool place, always in a vertical position. Cava does not improve with time, it is best consumed no later than 20 months after its purchase.

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About Mont-Marcal:

Manuel Sancho's 230-acre estate, "Finca Manlleu," is located on a prominent chalky knoll five miles south of Vilafranca del Penedès overlooking the hamlet of Sant Marcal. One hundred acres are planted to Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay for white wines; Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. The "Mont" provides 360-degree exposure, creating a wide variety of microclimates for maturation of the various varieties.

In 1975, Manuel Sancho purchased a neglected 19th-century convent, originally a 14th-century farmhouse, converting it to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and initiating the restructuring of the vineyards. Recent excavation has expanded the CAVA aging and bottling capacity, at the same time revealing medieval underground passageways in the chalk which have been carefully preserved for additional bottle storage.

Intrinsic vineyard quality and careful handling of the grapes obtain a naturally-rich base wine in little need of dosage. Mont-Marcal Brut Reserva is produced from the indigenous white grapes, Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Xarel-lo, aged at least 24 months with the yeast, and disgorged on order for shipment.