RECAREDO CAVA ARRIVES
Established in 1924, Recaredo is a pioneer in the production of totally dry Spanish cavas, working with oak barrels and extended aging on the lees.
The musts from the oldest Xarello vines ferment in oak barrels, which give structure and greater complexity to Recaredo’s cavas. Some of the base wine is also aged in oak barrels for a few months and this wine will be used to add greater finesse and structure to the final blending.
Viticulture at Recaredo is based on dry farming, use of only estate fruit, and vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. The wines are meticulously produced, hand-riddled, and aged on the lees with cork stoppers. They are disgorged manually, without freezing the necks of the bottles which provides the most natural product. All cuvées are vintage-dated and have zero dosage. These sparkling wines must simply be tasted to be believed!
2010 Recaredo “Relats” Brut Nature, Gran Reserva Penedes ($33.00) Relats means “little stories in a bottle” and with its extensive 54 months of lees aging, Relats says a ton about depth and complexity. A blend of 54% Xarel-lo and 46% Macabeo, this is the youngest cuvee made by Recaredo. With rich brioche aromas, hints of nuts and toast, this bone-dry cava has a fine mousse of bubbles with staying power and elegance.
2008 Recaredo Terrers Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Penedes ($41.00) 46% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo, 14% Parellada, aged 71 months on the lees. Fresh aromas of yellow apple are bright and creamy on the palate. Ripe white fruit has a hint of nuts and mineral and very fine bubbles, which end in a delicate crown. Balanced acidity with a persistent finish, showing notes of almond and anise. “… an elegant bouquet of white flowers, pears, apples and freshly-baked brioche, fresh and elegant, subtle, with a fresh palate with tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles that only seem to add freshness and texture, with clean flavors, superb acidity and balance. A great Cava at a bargain price. Drink now-2017.” 92 points WineAdvocate
Also available from our distributor (call or e-mail to order):
2006 Recaredo “Brut de Brut” Brut Nature Gran Reserva ($60.00)
2004 Recaredo “Particular” Brut Nature Gran Reserva ($115.00)
Infinitely variable in texture, flavor and unctuousness, cheese can play the meal’s starring role or be the fill-in workhorse. Imagine an artisanal cheese platter accompanied by dried apricots or figs, charcuterie or nuts. Served with Recaredo cava, the seductive platter is a very romantic meal.
Everyday quick and easy recipes like pizza, lasagna or toasted cheese sandwiches can be brightened up by using a different queso. Variety is the spice of life; try one of the following tasty Iberian cheeses.
One of our favorite meals in a hotel room is uber simple: a selection of great cheeses and a bottle of wine. This strategy is essential when restaurant options are poor. Never leave home without emergency supplies!
Recommended Artisanal Cheeses:
Garroxta: Goat milk. Semi-hard and luscious, delicately flavored and smooth. Excellent with cava!
Roncal: Sheep milk. Made from raw milk of the Lacha and Aragonesa breeds that feed in high Navarran pastures. Aged 6 months. Intense flavors, nutty, with hint of mushroom.
Valdeon blue cheese: Cow and goat milk. Sweeter than Cabrales, it is smooth, rich and caramelized.
Olveha Amanteigado: Portuguese sheep milk. A non-DOP Serra de Estrela cheese, it is made with thistle rennet. Unctuous and soft, sweet with hints of thistle. Slice the top off this cheese and eat the center with a spoon.
Excellent Melting Cheeses:
Young Mahon: Cow’s milk. Aged 4 months. Has a slight piquancy, with fruity, rich and nutty flavors.
Tetilla: Cow’s milk. Made in Galicia, the cows graze on lush grass and the cheese is aged 15-20 days. Mild, buttery and semi-soft.
Palhais: Goat milk. From Portugal, semi-soft, crumbly and tangy. Great stuffed inside piquillo peppers and warmed.
Great picnic cheeses:
Pata Cabra: Goat milk. A washed-rind cheese from Aragon. Fruity and refined when young, it develops tanginess with age.
El Valle Semi Curado: Sheep milk. Everyone knows Manchego sheep cheese from Spain, and we carry a selection from a number of producers. El Valle is a non D.O. sheep milk cheese that is slightly creamier than Manchego, with fresh flavors of hay, and is a touch sharp.
Beira: Cow’s milk. From Portugal, near the Serra de Estrela mountains. Flavorful, smooth and grassy.
Upcoming Paella class on Saturday March 19, 11-1 PM.
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