Cava is Spain's sparkling wine, produced mainly in the Penedès region in northeastern Spain. It is made with a traditional blend of grapes: 40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel-lo, 20% Parellada. Needless to say, these are not grapes you are bound to run into on the shelves of the local Piggly Wiggly. The wine is made in the traditional method, the same as Champagne.
The Poema Cava Brut is aged for 18 months in cellars. It has an alcohol content of 11.5%, which makes it a nice pairing for a light brunch or meal. The wine has small delicate blasts of bubbles -- quite sufficient to tickle your palate.
We enjoyed this bottle with friends on a summer evening. Cava has many different styles depending on the aging and degree of sweetness. Poema offers Brut and Extra Dry. On their sweetness scale, the Brut is a notch drier than the Extra Dry.
No matter. The level of dryness was just right for us. Our one friend, who is not a sparkling wine fan, found it rather enjoyable -- pairing especially well with fresh fruit. This Cava has a rich, creamy body accented with toast and mild pear.
This is a great summertime sipper, just right for a party by the pool. It is right priced at about $12.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a free sample.