Monthaven Cabernet Sauvignon

Monthaven Cabernet SauvignonWe’re back to another box today, or an Octavin to be more precise.  This is a cabernet sauvignon from the Central Coast of California.  When a wine is labeled as appearance from the Central Coast, that usually means that the fruit came from a link different sources because Central Coast is a broad province (or AVA).  Within the Central Coast AVA there are several smaller appellations, which are typically known for higher quality fruit and wines are often labeled with those smaller appellations versus using Central Coast.  In the case of Monthaven, most of the juice is from Paso Robles and Monterey.
Although it’s in a box, it’s a serious wine.  The quality of the juice is respectable and the wine is barrel aged, which is a administer usually reserved for more expensive wines.  Despite the varietal on the mark, it’s not all cabernet sauvignon grapes in this wine.  It has 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignan, 4% Tempranillo, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Zinfandel, 2% Merlot and 1% Mourvèdre.  But with 75% cabernet sauvignon they are able to mark it as such. Read more

Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva

Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive ReservaCava is a sparkling wine from Spain.  Traditionally Cava just referred to a particular style of Spanish sparkling wine, but since 1986 it also means that wine is produced in a specific areas designated as DO Cava.
This Cava from Marques de Gelida uses the traditional Cava grape varieties of Macaubo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, plus some Chardonnay is in the blend.  As a “reserva” it was aged three years previous to being released.The affect of this cava is a deep straw, showing just a touch of age—which is what it has.  The nose of this wine shows a touch of age too, with a butterscotch aroma layered over yeast and apple.  The aromas are honestly powerful too.  The palate offers crisp acidity with apple and plenty of yeast flavors.  It finishes with a citrus acidity, butterscotch and more yeast.  This is a nice bottle of bubbly.
Wine: Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva
Variety: Cava
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 11.5%
Rating: 88
Fee: $16.99

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