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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 2 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerEl Xamfra
VarietyMacabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend
DesignationMercat Brut Nature
UPC Code(s)853215003089

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.3 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rossodio on 1/24/2015 & rated 88 points: For the price, this is excellent. Crisp yet with adequate body and refreshing. If you are expecting champagne, you will be disappointed... but why would you expect champagne when you are drinking a cava?

No real aging potential, but should keep well for 2-3 years. (630 views)
 Tasted by wineshlub on 11/10/2014 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured. Faint aroma of buttered toast. Pleasant flavors of apples and yeast. Mace flavors in the finish. Firm acid, simple flavors, straightforward, surprisingly delicate - not a good pairing with assertive foods (as I found out the hard way). Good straight up cava, and a great value. (914 views)
 Tasted by Table for two on 8/10/2014 & rated 90 points: Crisp, more robust than avg (1043 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 8/16/2013 & rated 87 points: BTG purchase. Straw color with lots of effervescence. Minerals, toast, and tart stone fruit aromas and flavors. As expected very dry on the palate leading to a long persistent finish. Great on a hot summer day. (1661 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 6/12/2013: Fourth generation Cava grower reccomended by Gramana to the American importer. Hand-disgorged and riddle. Fleshy, rich tasting Cava. Great palate, Cava nose. Works for around $15 or so. (1895 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 12/27/2012 & rated 89 points: Light medium yellow color with abundant, speedy, small bubbles; minerally, chalk, light oxidized apple nose; dry, tasty, tart apple, dried apple, tart pear palate; medium-plus finish (794 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 6/2/2012 & rated 89 points: Pale straw yellow color with lot of bubbles, and floral, stone fruit, citrus and slight sweet yeast aromas. On the palate, it has a surprisingly explosive, yet soft mousse, and approaches medium-bodied with stone fruit, citrus, and toasted nut flavors. Medium finish. 11.5% alcohol. Zero dosage. A great value! (2181 views)

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i-WineReview.com, Cava (6/1/2014)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/27/2012)
(NV El Xamfra Cava Mercat Brut Nature) Light medium yellow color with abundant, speedy, small bubbles; minerally, chalk, light oxidized apple nose; dry, tasty, tart apple, dried apple, tart pear palate; medium-plus finish  89 points
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