Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Non-Vintage from Spain
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Alcohol By Volume: 11.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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<
"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."
Wine & Spirits
"Bright yellow. Aromas of orange, pineapple and pear, plus a hint of musky herbs. Juicy and very fruity, with crisp acidity and a sharp element of orange zest adding a bitter touch. Finishes clean and brisk, with modest persistence and an echo of candied citrus fruits. This is an incredible value in sparkling wine."
International Wine Cellar
Bought 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!
I 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?
I 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.
There 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.
...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!
A delicious dry champagne.
I 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.
I'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.
For the price, this is the best sparkling wine that I have ever tried. Crisp with a clean palate.
have tried many others in same price range and this one is great for price
Nice Surprise. Light and pleasant alternative to champagne.
this is a great deal. It's delicious, makes a great gift, and is highly rated/respected.
I 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! :)
Shouldn'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.
This 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.
Living 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.
I thought I couldn't afford a nice, smoother-tasting sparkling wine, so I was very pleased with this choice! I recommend it highly.
Had this one in a mimosa, but did try straight and was very nice. Great value for everyday drinking!
I'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.
Not too dry. Tried it with OJ for mimosas, not bad!
I 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.
Excellent sparkling wine for the price. Excellent for drinking on the porch and enjoying the fresh air. Nice bubble retention and crisp finish
Decent wine -- it was a roadie (limo) purchase in NYC and did the trick!
We 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.
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