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Staff Pick

Mas La Mola "L'Atzar", Cava Brut Nature - 2016

Item # 35520 750mL
$16.96 $12.96 / Single Bottle
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$101.76 $77.76/ Case of 6
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This item is being featured in a tasting on: 04/02/2019

Tasting Notes

The Mas La Mola winery is located outside of Barcelona in the region of Penedès. This Cava is a sparkling wine that's dry in style and lends itself magically to seafood dishes: a raw bar is ideal. What gives this Cava finesse is the extended aging in bottle before release - 22 months - more than your average bottle of Champagne.


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Staff Pick Notes

This is a crisp and refreshing Cava! Perfect for an aperitif or to have with your favorite kind of oyster! Mine are Island Creek Oysters from Massachusetts. A fine mineral streak, citrus and hint of toasty yeast make for a complex sipper. Cava is a great quality choice with the right price! The more bottles the merrier!

- SCB

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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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