N.V. Cristalino (Jaume Serra) Brut Cava Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Cava
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 87
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
Price :
$6.99

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Trepat

"A vinous version, showing an array of ground spices, with well-meshed flavors of sun-dried cherry, macerated plum, toasted almond and subtle balsamico. Lively, with a creamy bead. Drink now. 150,000 cases made."(WS)

"Other Cava values under $25. Recommended and tasted, but no tasting note given." (WA)

"Dark, orange-tinged pink. Spicy redcurrant, raspberry, anise and minerals on the nose. Precise and juicy in the mouth, with lively flavors of dried red fruits, spices and herbs. Finishes with good silky length and a touch of bitterness." (VM)

Winery Notes:
In The News...
“2010 IMPACT HOT BRAND AWARD WINNER” – IMPACT Market Watch Magazine; April 2011

“Top Values in Sparkling Wine from around the World, Best Values” Jaume Serra Cristalino Rose - Wine Spectator, Dec., 2010

“SANTE Annual Buying Guide, “Fruit forward bouquet” Jaume Serra Cristalino Rosé -SANTÉ, 2010

“88 Points”-Spain’s Best Values Jaume Serra Cristalino Rose - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Feb., 2009

“Wine of the Week” Jaume Serra Cristalino Rose - Las Vegas Review-Journal February 11, 2009

“86 Points, BEST BUY” Jaume Serra Cristalino Rose Wine Enthusiast Dec., 2008

“Value Brand of the Year!” – 3 Consecutive Years! - Wine and Spirit

Tasting 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 beautiful strawberry and raspberry aromas and vibrant red berry and cherry flavors lead to a clean, crisp finish that invites another sip. Enjoy it on its own and with fresh fruit, fried appetizers like calamari and light desserts like crème bruleé.

Winery Background:
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. 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.

The Vineyards:
This Rosé is the only Cava in production that has as its identifying characteristic the ancient Catalan grape varietal-Trepat. The winery has the only vineyard producing this excellent black grape under its control and the full 18 acres of the vineyard goes into their Rosé Cava. Other red grapes grown on the 300 acre El Padruel Estate include Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The current estate consists of grapes that were planted after extensive studies determined which varietals would thrive in the area and exhausted varietals were removed.

In addition to their own estate grown grapes, the winery has established unique, long- term contracts with growers in the Penedés region. Under these agreements, control and maintenance of the vineyards is undertaken by Jaume Serra to ensure their quality standards are met. From these growers the winery purchases the white varietals of Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello and Chardonnay which are used in the famous Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut, Extra Dry and Brut Nature Cavas.

Vinification:
By law, Cava must be made in the traditional method in which the secondary fermentation takes place in the same bottle in which the sparkling wine is sold. There is an added requirement that Cavas must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After conducting extensive research, the winery has isolated the ideal yeast which helps to impart the finest quality and an elegant mouth-feel to our Cavas.