On pouring, the Guzman Riestra delivers on the promise inherent in the sparkling wine cloak that is a package that could easily be mistaken for a Champagne, high-end Cava or American sparklers of repute. The foaming effervescence is identical to a sparkling wine. The color reflected off the perfect clarity of the liquid is a rich golden and the bubbles that energetically climb their way to the top of the glass are very fine and very persistent. The nose delivers a decidedly apple-driven melange of shy notes of the typical Spanish cider sour, guava, and the tiniest yeasty character. This cider announces itself as something much more sophisticated than typical sidra. The weight and feel on the palate of this cider is driven entirely by the forceful effervescence that is omnipresent. Under the bubbles is a really fine balance of acid and quite detectable, and refreshing tannin to pique the tongue. This sparkling cider is entirely dry. As for the flavors, while that typical acetic acid tang is evident here, it is not nearly as domineering as in most other Asturian natural ciders. Instead, that apple aroma on the nose delivers on the palate, making this a very refreshing drink. There is a mineral note in the flavors too. Finally, the flavors are long, lasting well beyond the swallow. This is absolutely delicious sparkling cider and an excellent and exciting example of new generation Spanish cider. This could very easily replace Champagne.
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