Anna de Codorniu Brut
Wine Spectator, 88 points.
The fruit aromas and flavors in this wine--red and yellow apples and pears, cooked and dried apples, toasted pears, and creamed bananas--creates drama. Yeastiness too is a factor with dough and baked brioche notes. The mouth is lighter and softer than the nose might suggest and there is a soft, lemon-pie note at the end. Drink now or in the next few years.
Introduced in Spain over 25 years ago, Anna de Codorníu celebrates the life of Codorníu’s heiress and the dynasty she guided. “Anna” embodies Codorníu’s steeped traditions-- enological quality, careful viticulture, and innovation--and it was the first Cava to use Chardonnay in its cuvee. On account of its history and its exquisite taste, Anna de Codorníu has become Codorníu’s most emblematic product both at home in Spain and around the world. It has a straw yellow color with fine, persistent bubbles and delicate aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, and lime.
About the Winery
The Codorníu winery dates back to 1551 and has become recognized for producing some of Spain’s finest wines. The heiress of Codorníu, Anna, married winemaker Miquel Raventós in 1659, but she maintained her surname and became the matriarch of Codorníu. In 1872, Josep Raventós focused on sparkling wine produced authentically, using méthode taditionelle, and thus began the history of Cava. Codorníu owns extensive vineyard properties that allow it to control the quality and consistency of grapes. Codorníu vineyards are meticulously cared for through sustainable viticulture practices, and the winery harvests grapes in the “chateau” concept, ensuring fruit will be pressed immediately following picking.