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Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry Cava
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PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $9.99

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. Slightly off-dry, it offers fresh pear and apple aromas and rich citrus, peach and green apple flavors. A subtle yeasty tone and a refreshing, elegant finish make it a fine match for fried foods, spicy Asian dishes and, surprisingly, barbecued ribs.
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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.



White Wines    Albarino    Rias Baixas    Spain   
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Condes de Albarei Albarino 2012
Condes de Albarei Albarino 2012
(search item no. 125874)
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Decanter rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From the cool "green" coast of Spain's northwest, Condes de Albarei Albariño is a complex blend of flavors that fits perfectly with the modern American lifestyle. Made from 100% Albarino, this wine has a rich, vibrant mouth feel with aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and melons and a juicy, slightly mineral finish. It is the ultimate shellfish, seafood or cocktail wine.
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About Condes de Albarei:

Adega Condes de Albarei is located in the valley known as O Salnès, in the heart of D.O. Rias Baixas. It is two kilometers away from Cambados, in the province of “Galicia.” Galicia is one of the oldest areas in Spain, settled originally by the Celts. Considered by many experts to be the most prestigious white-wine producing region of Spain today, D.O. Rias Baixas has produced wine for centuries; though its renaissance owes much to the modernization of winemaking that has taken place over the last 15 years.

Founded in 1988 (the same year the D.O. Rias Baixas was officially granted its charter), Adega Condes de Albarei is a cooperative of 362 grower/owners. The winery is equipped with the most advanced technological equipment available. In a region where the average producer yields less than 4,000 cases annually, this winery is not only one of the largest at approximately 90,000 cases, but considered among the highest quality-producers in the entire region. The principal label is the Condes de Albarei Albariño, the first white wine from Spain to earn a gold medal at Vinexpo. In 1998, they received a second gold medal at Vinexpo.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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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 10/20/2014: $7.99

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.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vina Arnaiz Roble 2011
Vina Arnaiz Roble 2011
(search item no. 125325)
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Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This barrel aged wine has spent six months in French oak, has blackberry, cherry and smoke on the nose. In the mouth it is rich and luscious with currants and red fruity flavors, a complex, yet perfectly balanced and elegant wine. Excellent with roasted meats or on its own.
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About Vina Arnaiz:

Viña Arnáiz is located in the town of Haza in Burgos, the heart of the Ribera del Duero D.O. Completed in 2004, Viña Arnaiz is a stunning facility, combining the latest in state-of-the-art technology while maintaining its sense of place and history. The wines produced are aged in American and French (Allier, Nevers, and Limousin) oak barrels.