Crisp and toasty nose, this wine shows beautiful citrusand green apple fruit with a supple, yet lively mouth feel of very fine bubbles and a very clean finish.
Wine & Spirits 88 points - A perennial favorite, this offers clean apple flavors at an unusually affordable price for such a completely dry style. It’s is a great party pour, or an aperitif to sip with raw clams.
Wine Spectator 87 points - There’s a savory edge to the apple pastry, ginger and almond cream flavors in this well-cut and focused cava. The mouthwatering finish is tinged with smoke and nut notes. Drink now through 2015. 300,000 cases made. –AN
(Dec 31 2011)
This Brut is a blend of three Catalonian white varietals (50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, and 15% Xarel-lo) all grown in Jaume Serra’s own vineyards. Cristalino is made by theMetodo Tradicional (i.e. the classic Champagne process) and aged on the yeast twice the minimum nine month termrequired for official Cava designation. It is always pleasantly devoid of the earthy/coarse flavors that are so commonin fizz at this low price point. On the contrary, this budget bubbly offers attractive apple/pear fruit aromas and flavorsthat are nicely complemented by a hint of bread dough while its aftertaste is clean and not overly tart.
|(50% Macabeo/35% Parellada/15% Xarello). The wine matured on the less for 18 months.
|Jaume Serra was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedes, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. The winery is situated on the 300-acre El Padruel estate and shares the landscape with the famous 17th-century fortress of the same name in the Mediterranean coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona. Over the years, the fortress on the estate has played an historical role in navigating the Mediterranean Sea as well as in the Spanish civil war.
|Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes.