Note: This is a series I call Caveman Wine Reviews, because I like to drink wine but am a caveman when it comes to wine knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the wines on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.
Wine: Berberana Gran Tradición Brut Rosé Cava
Bottom Line: Despite the long, pompous name, a harsh pink wine that I would not drink again.
Price: About $9.99 per 750ml bottle.
My Rating: 2 out of 5
This is another sparkling wine that I bought as part of my regular replenishment, for my own consumption. I was excited because it is a rosé (pink) wine, which seem cooler to me than regular, pale-yellow sparkling wines. Its long, self-important “Gran Tradición” (Great Tradition) name gave me even more hope and giddiness, especially since the bottle says “Fundada en 1877” (founded in 1877). There’s no vintage year on the bottle.
Looks: The Berberana has a clear bottle, and looks like any other pink wine. Nothing special.
Smell: Nothing remarkable.
Taste: I don’t understand what the “Great Tradition” is all about. This thing is harsh. It tasted very dry and astringent to me, and I could not make out any particular flavor(s). It says the following on the bottle: “Elegant with delicate aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries. Fine mousse and subtle cream texture”. However, I did not detect any of this. Maybe I’m just a caveman with unsophisticated taste buds, but I could make out none of the smells and flavors in that description. I was just an unpleasant-to-drink, harsh wine. I drank it nonetheless because I had already paid for it.
Hangover factor: Good. I slept quite well and did not have any issues. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983. I did not pair this with anything, nor will I ever.
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