One look at the bell-shaped bottle of Codorniu Brut Reserva Cuvee Raventos NV, and you are led to believe this is a sophisticated sparkler. Indeed the appearance is one of a more expensive product than the sale price of $9.99 in Pennsylvania State Stores.
At first pour, the Cava’s color is light and golden with very small bubbles, which for me hint at a well-made sparkling wine. The lightly pleasant aromas include pear, citrus and a hint of pineapple. Fine texture and slightly frothy mouth feel – Flavors are light and toasty with nutty flavors combined with green apple and citrus, followed at the end with a fine mousse and mineral finish. The grapes for this sparkler are the traditional Cava blend (50% Xarel-lo and Macabeo grapes) with the addition of Champagne stalwart Chardonnay (50%). Overall a very nice and unusually delicate Cava – clearly worth consideration at this price – but drink it soon, since Codorniu suggests consuming as fresh as possible (within 10 months of purchase).