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Marques de Gelida Brut Reserve 2009

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    The Penedes region lies settled between the luminous Mediterranean coast and the cool heights of the mountain ranges along the coast of Catalonia between Barcelona and Tarragona provinces, in the surroundings of Sant Sadurni D'Anoia. For this cava, only the first press of the grapes is used (about 50% of selected harvest); there are 10.5 grams of sugar used in the final dosage. The wine spends 3.5 years in the bottle before release.

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    Marques de Gelida, Spain
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    Marques de Gelida is owned by six family growers that have roots in the Penedes area since the 1600's. Located in the northeast zone of Penedes, locally know as Penedes Alta, the vineyards are among the highest in the D.O. Mostly planted to Xarel-Lo, Parellada and Macabeo, with additional plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the oldest plots being 84 years old.

    The entire estate is dry farmed. The climate here is mostly Mediterranean, but there are sub climates in the mountains that are more continental. The productions for Marques de Gelida comes from the free run juice and first soft pressing of the grapes, it's fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperatures, then Methode Champanoise is employed. The finished product is aged 2.5 years in bottle before release.

    These sparkling wines are a much greater value than their prices suggest. They're vintage, Brut Reserve cavas with tremendously high quality viticulture and winemaking going into them. By Penedes standards, their production is extremely small (25,000 cases).

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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    Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

    The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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