Anna De Codorníu history of winemaking goes back to 1551, with a family of grape growers and winemakers headed by Jaume Codorníu. In 1659, the marriage between Anna Codorníu and Miguel Raventós, joined forever two major winemaking families and served as the bedrock for the Codorniú brand. By 1872, Josep Raventós produced the first bottles of quality sparkling wine in Spain. Josep expended time in the Champagne region and learned from their winemaking techniques. He applied the traditional method to the local grapes, Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada; creating an exceptional sparkling wine with an identity of its own. A real pioneer in the Spanish Cava industry.
By 1983 Codorníu included Chardonnay grapes on his sparkling, giving birth to Anna De Codorníu. By 2007, the Brut Rosé was introduced with the use of Pinot Noir grapes. By 2011, the Blanc de Noirs made 100% Pinot Noir grapes join the family of quality sparkling wines. 2014 marks the launch of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs and Anna Rose Brut. These last addition to the Codorníu family of sparkling wines are suited to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy every day with your favorite dish. For $15 a bottle these well crafted Cava make for excellent value wines.
- Anna Codorníu Blanc de Blancs Brut: (70% Chardonnay, 15% Parellada 15% Xarel·lo and Macabeo) The Chardonnay grapes come from estate vineyards located in Lleida, the Parellada, Xarel·lo and Macabeo come from various vineyards in Penedès. This sparkling shows vibrant yellow color with hues of yellow-green, with a constant flow of fine beads. On the aroma, you can enjoy Meyer lemon, passion fruit and fresh toasted bread and hints of floral. On the palate, this sparkler displays pleasant acidity, creamy texture, and refreshing finish. This wine shows flavors of tangerine, green apples and caramel and a touch of mineral water. A great value for $15.
- Anna Codorníu Brut Rosé: (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes come from estate vineyards located in Lleida, The Cava DOC with the most continental climate. This elegant bubbly displays a pale cherry color with raspberry overtones, with a steady stream of fine beads. On the nose, Loganberry, strawberry, and golden apples. One the palate you can enjoy a good balance between red fruit and acidity, finishing light and refreshing. Suggested retail price, $15.
Both wines are food friendly, enjoy them with salads, white fish, fresh oysters, popcorn, fried chicken, smoked salmon, or your favorite charcuterie and cheese plate. Salud!