Codorníu, Cava (Penedes, Spain) Gran Reserva Brut “Jaume” 2012

($60): It should come as no surprise that Codorníu, still a leader in Cava production and the company essentially responsible for creating the category, should produce a show-stopping wine.  In this Gran Reserva, one of their top bottlings, they use an unusual blend — at least for Cava — of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Xarel-lo.  The result is a creamy and mineral-y combination with a suave refined texture.  Graceful enough to enjoy by itself, it has enough power and persistence to accompany full-flavored main courses, such as a pork roast.
95 Michael Apstein May 2, 2017