Codorníu has a tradition of making wine in Spain that dates back to 1551, and they produce a wide range of different cavas. Today we are trying two distinct bottles from their catalogue: a Brut Rosé and an alcohol free Brut.
NV Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé D.O. Cava – Made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this cava presents a bold pink, almost red color and offers nice carbonation with persistent, fine bubbles. The nose introduces strawberries, cranberries, and a touch of cherry. The palate follows suit, with an enjoyable, dry fruitiness, but the flavors don’t integrate as well as the nose. The cava offers medium acidity, which will help it pair well with food, but it’s got a rather short finish. Not bad for the money, but I wanted more. B / $15 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
NV Codorníu Zero Brut Alcohol Free – Pale straw colored when poured in the glass. A steady stream of bubbles suggests a typical glass of cava. The nose offers a good dose of honey, some Red Delicious apple, and a touch of sweetness. Taking a sip, the honey notes appear again, this time balanced with the apple, a little lemon, a touch of flower, and pleasant acidity. It actually tastes more like a cider, and I might have mistaken it for one if I tasted it blind. I am a huge fan of cava and I must admit there is a noticeable loss of character with the removal of the alcohol — but Codorníu Zero Brut is definitely worth trying if you choose not to drink alcohol and miss sparkling wine. B / $11 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]