Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva
Composition: 70% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo
Pale yellow color; initial aromas of lemon and fresh bread, followed closely by floral scents and maybe a bit of grass. Bread and citrus are front and center on the first sip, along with a very nice, fairly fine-textured mousse that is uncommon for Cava. Flavors of dried apricots, golden raisins, and honeysuckle are revealed as the glass warms. If it’s chilling in ice, feel free to pour a glass while you wait!
The Gramona Family has been the Cava standard-bearer for most of a century. They do everything the right way. It starts with biodynamic and organically grown grapes, harvested by hand, and a strict adherence to traditional Champagne production methods. And they wait as long as it takes for their wine to reach it’s ideal maturity. Most Cavas are released after 9 months, but after two years of aging, Gramona is just getting started. That’s when “autolisis” begins—an interaction between yeast and wine that imparts creaminess and complexity. For three more years, Gramona turns their bottles by hand in the cellar to maximize these interactions, and then manually “riddles” each one to accumulate the sediment so that it can be removed—again, by hand. This meticulous care and patience yields a world-class sparkler at a Thursday-night price.