Codorniu, 1872 Brut Cava, 2012
Mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv, widely available at about £12.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: pale intensity lemon, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of warm hay, spicy quince, a light gingery-toasty note, sharp green apple, unripe conference pear, and an indistinct floral whiff.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol and medium (-) body, with medium intensity, a low-key grip, and flavors of warm hay, a low-key toasty edge, and stewed and lightly baked apple. A creamy mousse, with a medium (+) persistence, and a clean and crisp, lightly toasty finish on a medium (+) length, with a slight grip.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with nicely balanced fresh acidity with alcohol and the modest intensity of an interesting range of evolved flavors, with a warming tertiary edge. Little complexity is evident, flavours have a middling concentration, but do linger on the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now. This wine is pretty much fully developed, there is very little evolving complexity on the nose, and a modest flavor intensity, which suggests hold for 2-3 years, but will not improve with further cellaring.