This past week I hosted a small birthday party for a friend on my terrace. Since it is summertime now in Argentina and is quite hot I thought it would be great to start off the evening with a refreshing bottle of the 2011 Hom Espumante sparkling wine produced by Cava la Carmela located Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This wine is a blend of 70% Chardonnay (these grapes come from Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza) and 30% Chenin Blanc (grapes from Maipu).
The Hom is an extra brut sparkling wine, which means it is the driest category of sparkling wines. Interestingly, the winemaker started the winery, Cava la Carmela, because he disliked traditional Champagnes and sparkling wines because they were “green” tasting, had yeasty flavors, and always gave him a headache, which is a common complaint. Before starting producing the Hom he researched methods to combat all of these issues and successfully introduced them into his wines. The result is a very friendly and light wine that is easy to drink.
The color of the Hom is a beautiful light golden straw color, filled with a large number of very small bubbles. In the nose you get citrus and floral notes, especially lemon, lime, and even grapefruit. On the mouth it is slightly acidic, which is common for a sparkling wine, and there are obvious green apple flavors from the Chardonnay component of the wine.
One of my friends at the party hesitated to accept the Hom since she hadn’t ever liked a sparkling wine before, but after pressing her to give it a try, she did and was surprised how good it was! The Hom is a great wine for summertime, parties, and special celebrations.
To find out more about the Hom or to purchase it you can go to our wine store product page.
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