Roger Goulart, Cava Gran Reserva (Penedès, Spain) Brut 2012

($20, Arano LLC):  The Cava category, Spain’s unique sparkling wine, has several levels.  One level below the pinnacle is Gran Reserva, a wine that must see at least 30 months of aging on the lees.  Goulart doubles that and then adds another 12 months for good measure.  A blend of Chardonnay (38%), Xarel-lo (25%), Macabeo (20%) and Parellada, it displays uncommon gracefulness plus alluring minerality.  This very sophisticated wine is complete and balanced, with a fabulous spine of acidity that keeps it fresh.  A great bargain!
94 Michael Apstein Mar 8, 2022