This week we’re drinking a summer bubbly that is from the Cataluña region of Spain: Cristalino Brut Rose. Sparkling wine from Spain is not champagne, it’s Cava.
This one is made from Pinot Noir and Trepat. The Trepat is an indigenous and rare grape to the region and is generally used for Rosado Cavas. This variety produces aromas of red berries.
I get wonderful scents of raspberry and cherry with lively strawberry and cherry fruit and a bit of that bready flavor. The bead is small and mouthfeel medium. The finish is clean and crisp and was a perfect match to the cold cantaloupe and Port Madison Farm spring cheese.
At this price point you can afford to keep several on hand for spontaneous celebrations. Around $8.