A champagne-style sparkling wine, made in the traditional method in the Cava region of Spain. When first poured, amidst some caramel-toffee there’s a faint pear note in the aroma. Pear flavors deepen on the palate while the wine is very cold, with a mild, round, fruitiness. There’s little apparent acidity until the wine begins to warm in the glass, then its lemon-wrapped tartness comes through on the palate and in the finish. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Naveran Dama
WHAT: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Parellada
WHERE: Cava Region, Penedes, Spain
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $14.99