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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

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<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

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.



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Campos Reales La Mancha 2005
Campos Reales La Mancha 2005
(search item no. 87550)
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $9.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby/violet. Medium nose of blackberry, meat, dark chocolate, and earth. Round, rich mouth of berries, spice, leather and brown sugar.

"Intense and complex for the price. Youthful and grapey on the nose, with primary cherry and blackberry aromas tinged by cracked pepper. Fresh, juicy and spicy, with a suggestion of tobacco on the finish."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Campos Reales:

Located around 110 miles southeast of Madrid, Bodega Campos Reales is situated in La Mancha region, the largest wine producing region in the world.

The calcareous (lime) clay soils, with their surface san and shingle deposits, are ideal for maximum water retention, an essential element in an area of scarce rainfall. Extremes of cold in winter and heat in summer: climactic conditions that are ideal for producing excellent quality grapes.

A wide variety of grapes can be found in our vineyards. Amongst the reds are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Tintorera, Cabernet, Syrah, Monastrell, Moravia, Merlot, and Bobal. Whites that thrive here are: Airen, Macabeo, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.