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YEAR'S BEST SUMMER SPARKLERS
VINHO VERDE

CAVA

271021

92 | Aphros

$26

2017 Vinho Verde Phaunus-Pet Nat ^ A biodynamically grown loureiro from the hills of
Lima, this is a tight and stony pét-nat. Bright
and seafood-friendly, it has fresh green-pear
flavors that are delicately floral, hinting at
strawberry blossoms and freshly mown grass. §
Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY -J.G.
271025

90 | Aphros

$25

2017 Vinho Verde Phaunus-Pet Nat Rosé ^
A blend of vinhão and alvarelhão, two local
red grapes, this gains its color and its raspberry tones from skin maceration. It's clean,
with fruit-jam flavors punching through
the salty acidity. Pour it with duck rillettes. §
Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY -J.G.

S PA I N
CONCA DEL RIU ANOIA
271729

94 | Raventós i Blanc

$84

2012 Conca del Riu Anoia Manuel Raven-
tós Brut Nature ^ Pepe Raventos was among
the first producers to leave the Cava DO,
focusing on biodynamically farmed, deeply
flavorful sparklers like this Brut Nature. The
wine's heady toastiness comes first, but prominent fruit flavors come up to meet it, along
with savory notes of thyme. Nacho Monclus
of Brooklyn's Camperdown Elm compared it
to the scent of freshly harvested almonds, a
freshness driving through the wine's savor.
It's a purely Spanish sparkling wine. § Skurnik
Wines & Spirits, NY -J.G.
271728

92 | Raventós i Blanc

iness of shaved Parmigiano. The bright ghost
of the fruit makes it compelling. § Palm Bay
Int'l, Port Washington, NY -J.G.
271046

$42

2014 Conca del Riu Anoia Más Alta Tex-
tures de Pedra Blanc de Negres Brut
Nature ^ Luscious and bold, this wine layers
scents of lime leaf, orange pith and green
apple with floral notes of strawberries coming into ripeness. Time on the lees has lent it
yeasty richness, making this a savory sparkler
to serve with chorizo and aged Ossau-Iraty
cheese. § Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY -J.G.

92 | Castell de Sant Pau

271564

94 | Pere Ventura

$45

93 | Alta Alella

$93

2014 Cava Gran Reserva Brut Rosé ^
There's freshness to the Pere Ventura wines,
whether they're young or old. This one has
a sophisticated raspberry sweetness that
comes up through its yeasty flavors, clean
fruit emerging out of the scent of toasted
almonds. The flavors last with complexity
and a hint of smoke. § Palm Bay Int'l, Port
Washington, NY -J.G.
271426
2014 Cava Mirgin Exeo Paratge Qualificat
Vallcirera Brut Nature ^ A complex, vinous
sparkler, this delivers sun-drenched citrus
flavors against an elegant, savory background
of fennel and salt. It has the nuttiness of fresh
pea shoots, which adds to its intriguing savor.
A blend of pansa blanca and chardonnay, this
would benefit from decanting if you open it
now; it will also benefit from several years
of bottle age. § Avant-Garde Wine & Spirits,
NY -J.G.
271717

93 | Júlia Bernet

$40

Cava R130 Brut Nature ^ Xavier Bernet
named his sparkling wine for his daughter,
Júlia. This has none of the fruit sweetness
of many commercially produced Cavas,
focusing instead on sophisticated notes of
almonds and mouthwatering richness. It's
supple and fresh, an impressively structured
and ageworthy sparkler. § José Pastor Selections/
Llaurador Wines, Tiburon, CA -J.G.

271620

93 | Pere Ventura

$45

2012 Cava Gran Reserva Brut ^ Brisk and
clean, this has the elegant integration of a
finely grown Champagne, presented here
with the umami flavors of the local grapes.
Its toasty, leesy flavors bring to mind the salt-

$21

Cava Méthode Traditionelle Brut Rosé ^
A quiet wine, from the subtle hue of the
color and the gentle mousse to the savory
integration of the finish, this melds pale
apple notes with mineral accents from the
lees. It's a blend of trepat (80 percent) and
garnacha, though it has barely a whisper
of red fruit. The impression it leaves is
tight, simple and classically beautiful. § Misa
Imports, Dallas, TX -J.G.

271551

92 | U Mes U Fan Tres

$20

91 | Alta Alella

$41

91 | Mastinell

$24

Cava Cygnus Brut Nature ^ This wine's
richness develops across an elegant texture,
filling out citrusy acidity with yellow-apple
freshness and broader, lush notes of cream.
Though only marginally more expensive
than the bodega's Cygnus Brut, this Brut
Nature plays at a significantly higher level. §
Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA -J.G.
271424
2015 Cava Mirgin Gran Reserva Laietà
Brut Nature Rosé ^ With its deep strawberrycopper color, this sparkling monastrell is
almost cherry-red in its flavors, hinting
at fresh berries and cream, with some
bitter herb and raspberry-seed notes. The
refinement of its texture makes this a rich
complement to jamón Ibérico. § Avant-Garde
Wine & Spirits, NY -J.G.
271525
2009 Cava Gran Reserva Nature ^ A mature
sparkler, this wine balances savory lees scents
of crushed almond and touches of sweetness
in its flavors of lemon meringue. The wine's
brown-butter richness will add depth to a
range of tapas-sautéed wild mushrooms
or deep-fried olives stuffed with anchovies. §
Sierra Nevada Imports, Reno, NV -J.G.

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