By Kori ~ May 1st, 2013.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava from Spain.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$20
- Must be widely available
Freixenet, pronounced â€œfresh-eh-netâ€, is a family-owned company that grew from humble beginnings in rural Catalunya, Spain. In 1861, two winemaking families, the Ferrers and the Salas, set the stage for the company that would ultimately become a world leader in the production of mÃ©thode champenoise sparkling wines. They began selling their wines with the Freixenet name in 1915. Today, the multinational Freixenet Group is run by the fourth generation and produces 200 million bottles each year. Josep Bujan has been the Freixenet technical director and winemaker since 1980.
â€œCordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It is medium-bodied with a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. This wine is extremely versatile and pairs well with most food.â€ â€“Freixenet
NV Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Spain): 35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel-lo, and 40% Parellada. Pale straw yellow in color. Nice nose with apple aromas. Apple, lemon, lime, and tangerine come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with a very long, refreshing finish. A lovely weeknight or brunch bubbly.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12; Available elsewhere, $8 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Spanish Wine, Sparkling Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25