Xarel-Lo, Macabeu, Parellada
Honor is a traditional method sparkling wine that is made exclusively in the Cava appellation of Spain – located near the city of Barcelona. To be called Cava it must meet a set of requirements very similar to France’s Champagne region. In fact, there are several similarities in quality and style to Champagne – a big difference is that Cava is often a fraction of the price.
The traditional method is a unique production process where a second fermentation occurs in a sealed bottle trapping carbonation in the bottle forcing it to integrate into the liquid creating the bubbles that we all know and love. After the second fermentation is autolysis – inactive yeast cells that enrich the wine and create new flavors. The minimum time requirement is 9 months, however, most producers exceed this time (for example this wine sees 14 months on lees). The lees add savory flavors of brioche, almond skin, toasted hazelnut, or smoke. Honor Brut is lean and tart with crisp refreshing bubbles. It pairs well with Spanish tapas, appetizers, seafood, fish, fried foods, salads, and poultry.
This family owned winery prides itself on tradition, culture, and elegance.