Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Penedes, Spain
This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes
Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo
Wine & Spirits - "A perennial favorite, this offers clean apple flavors at an unusually affordable price for such a completely dry style. It's a great party pour, or an aperitif to sip with raw clams."
Jaume Serra Cristalino Winery
The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.
The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas. View all Jaume Serra Cristalino Wines
About Other SpainView a map of Other Spain wineries
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monestrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 55 Dos scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador. Other regions of Spain include:
La ManchaHome of most of the Airen grapes planted as well as Don Quioxte, La Mancha is a vast desert-like area of flat land and penetrating sun.
SherryThe Sherry region is located near Spain’s southernmost point along the coast. Sherry produces white varietals used to make the fortified wines from which it received its namesake such as Palomino, Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez, Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel.
PenedésThe Penedés wine region is located in the province of Barcelona, along the eastern coast of Spain. The Penedés wine region consists of 185 vineyards. Penedes is home to Spain’s sparkling wine, Cava, and also produces Garnacha, Merlot, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Monastrell, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (reds), as well as Macabeo (Viura), Parellada, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Moscatel de Alejandria.
YeclaLocated in southeastern Spain, Yecla is situated in the province of Murica. Neighboring the Jumilla region, Yecla is one of Spain’s smallest wine regions. Common red varietals include Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cencibel, Merlot, Tintorera and Syrah. White varietals include Merseguera, Airen, Macabeo, Malvasia and Chardonnay.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
161 ratings, 25 with reviews511/4/2007Bought this wine for serving after holiday dinner. Tasted it and was highly impressed. Have since purchased a case each week for hostess and holiday gift giving. Excellent wine which easily rivals Chandon White Star at 1/4 the price. I certainly expect a tremendous increase in the price and soon!411/20/2007I'd classify this as a good value wine. This is a good choice for someone who wants to serve a large quantity of champagne-style wine without spending a fotune on their friends. It's not too sweet like other inexpensives sparklers.Klaus Georg - Chicago, IL511/26/2007I try to avoid cheap sparkling wine, as it usually has either a strange "stale candy" taste, or a strange aftertaste. But Cristalino is unbelievable. Prosecco-like and delicious. Highly recommended. The rose is great, too.111/29/2007I purchased a bottle of the Brut Sparkling wine and was very disappointed. The smell of the wine was very good and the first taste was good, but subsequent sips gave me the taste of "motor oil". I was very disappointed. Needless to say I threw out the bottle. I have had other inexpensive sparkling wines and never had that taste before. The Monmousseau is very good and in that price range. Has anyone else had this taste sensation?411/29/2007Very Good for the Price!411/27/2007I have purchased this wine several times and it is an inexpensive, very dry sparkling wine that will go with any number of dishes or stand alone. Great to keep on hand for any occasion.511/26/2007There is a reason this wine has won "Best value in America" for threeyears running. It is very smooth and drinkable, with a pleasant finish. If you need a lot of bubbly for a special occasion, you cannot go wrong with a few cases of this wine. Personally, I prefer the regular to the rose, but I know many people who enjoy the latter.Alan - Redding, CA43/14/2008...and 97% of the populus would not be able to do more than guess which was which in a blind taste test! Of course, "gansta rappers" with gold chains on MTV don't allude to it's status of having enough "benjamins" to waste on it so... yeah. What can one say except; it IS dry, it does NOT go well with your thanksgiving meal (unless you don't want to taste the wine much at all), and Mimosa's, while yummy, do not constitute "tasting" this terrific sparkler. It is simply an AMAZING value, and THEE answer to saving a bundle on your wedding reception (or any gala event), while still serving a GREAT sparkling wine. Personally I prefer Krug to Cristal anyday for a $250 Champagne (that someone else is paying for), Perrier Jouët NV (if I'm OKay with $30 for the impression made with a "true" Champagne) and the Segura Viudas Heredad Cava NV (also from Espain) for a best value (@$15) but at $5.99 (Cost Plus World Market)! WoW! How can they do it!? Gracias España!411/29/2007A delicious dry champagne.41/1/2008Not too dry. Tried it with OJ for mimosas, not bad!art st john - Pleasant Hill, CA42/7/2008Living in the Napa Valley we get used to the sparkling wines from our local soils. Spanish Cava to me is more flavorful and to some not pleasant at all. Opinions were wide ranging on this offering. I enjoyed it a lot. Others found the need to mix with fruit juices to truly enjoy. I say at this price you need to give it a serious try. Compare to Korbel Brut.. that should strike up an interesting conversation comparison.43/6/2008This was a pleasant Brut. It wasn't terribly dry and was refreshing and light in the mouth. It had a slight fruity bouquet. The clear, crisp finish made it very enjoyable. For a very inexpensive bubbly, this one exceeded my expectations.Bradley Pine - Washington, DC47/11/2008Shouldn't be compared to Veuve Cliquot, but better than solid comparisons to good proseccos and other good low cost bubblies. And you can't beat the price.Solo Polo Man - Oswego, IL412/29/2007I bought a couple of bottles of this on a whim, while shopping for the ingredients for this year's Thanksgiving feast, and stashed them away in my wine cooler to await the holiday. When the big day arrived I served this wine at table along with roasted turkey, brussels sprouts with bacon and apples, cranberry chutney and other Thanksgiving favourites instead of serving it as an aperitif. My guests and I truly thought this to be a delicious wine that held up to the variety of complex flavours found in such a big, traditional meal. I also served this at an informal Christmas evening at my home and my guests again expressed delight at raising a glass of such a good, yet affordable, wine. I will definitely buy more of this (possibly a case) since it has been such a hit.Steven McQueen - Manlius, NY412/28/2007Decent wine -- it was a roadie (limo) purchase in NYC and did the trick!Jessi Whitby - Denton, TX41/25/2008I thought I couldn't afford a nice, smoother-tasting sparkling wine, so I was very pleased with this choice! I recommend it highly.steve - Cottondale, FL52/9/2008have tried many others in same price range and this one is great for priceDawnya Clarine - Sandpoint, ID310/1/2008We love Champagne, but can't pop (sorry for the pun) for $40 - 50 for every bottle. We love this Champagne for by the bonfire, taking to parties, out on the boat, etc.J. C. - Orlando, FL55/1/2008For the price, this is the best sparkling wine that I have ever tried. Crisp with a clean palate.Salut NY - New York, NY51/29/2008Nice Surprise. Light and pleasant alternative to champagne.Amanda S. - Anchorage, AK41/14/2008Had this one in a mimosa, but did try straight and was very nice. Great value for everyday drinking!Robert Jorgensen - Scott Depot, WV412/28/2007Excellent sparkling wine for the price. Excellent for drinking on the porch and enjoying the fresh air. Nice bubble retention and crisp finish41/10/2008I've tried many Bruts before. Some of them cost three times as much as this Cristalino. I've got to say that, in my limited experience, this is one of the best, if not the best, bubbly I've had in a while. Definitely getting a few more of these.carabiner - Yucca Valley, CA51/19/2008this is a great deal. It's delicious, makes a great gift, and is highly rated/respected.blue catzz - Salt Lake City, UT51/12/2008I have been drinking Cristalino for about four years. It has consistenly had an excellent taste and a great price. I highly recommend it. I also recommend writing the review before drinking a bottle! :)