Saturday, December 24, 2011

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava NV

In the Glass: Pale strw color with good bubbles

On the Nose: Light hints of citrus and apricots.

On the Palate: Light and citrusy with a clean finish. Completely dry with a nice acidic touch of green apples at the finish. 

Style: Light and fresh

Rating: 90/100

Price Range: $8.00-10.00

Comments: I must confess I am not a big fan of sparkling white wines and when I do drink it I usually prefer a yeasty traditional champagne taste like that of Lanson or Veuve Cliquot. However, I have been serving this wine now for many years and I have to say it is a very popular wine with sparkling wine drinkers. Literally, 9 out of 10 think it is as good or better than some very traditional champages like Moet and like it better than similarly priced bubbly like Krug. Unlike champagne that is mostly elaborated with chardonnay gapes, this spanish cava is made with the traditional grapes for cava in Penedes which are Parellada , Macabeo and Xarel.lo, but otherwise made using the methode champagnoise and aged for 12 months in the bottle. This wine has become so popular here in the USA that you can find it practically everywhere. It used to have a beautiful gold label, but the folks at Louis Roederer thought it and the type set looked too much like their Cristal champagne and apparently sued them to change the label, which is now not as handsome or distinctive as before. This sparkler goes great with seafood and rich fish dishes like salmon or tuna, as well as desserts.

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