Vilarnau Brut Nature Reserva 2008
Aged for at least 24 months in bottle prior to the degorgement
Critics Challenge 2011, Platinum. The Ultimate Wine Challenge, 89 points. Winemaker’s Challenge 2011, Silver. Challenge International Du Vin 2011, Gold.
The San Francisco Wine Exchange
Unquestionably, Cava is gaining in complexity as autolysis (the transfer of flavors from yeast cells into the wine) is a more and more frequent contributor to its character. This has pear and citrus flavors throughout, as well as the doughy, brioche note of autolysis, and good length. Drink now or in the next several years.
For Cava, higher altitudes contribute to a slower maturation of the grapes, producing wines with higher acidity, For this reason, the site of the Vilanau vineyards is ideal for the aged Cavas for which the winery has become famous. This Cava is classified as Extra Brut and is a perfect match with seafood or as an aperitif.
About the Winery
Vilarnau is a prestigious, finely crafted Cava with an avant-garde spirit that dates from 1949 and is located in the municipality of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the capital of the Cava DO in Cataluña. It has belonged to the González Byass group since 1982. Its name refers to the ancient Domvs, the fortified Roman house of the Vila Arnau family. The winery is supplied by vines planted locally, where the first owners of the domain cultivated their vineyards in around the twelfth century. Today Villarnau operates a state-of-the-art winery situated within the vineyards with the most modern elaboration, vinification, and aging processes for wines produced on a small and very exclusive scale.