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Cristalino Brut

375 ml.


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What's in the Bottle

50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel*lo

Product Details

Sparkling Wine
Jaume Serra Cristalino
375 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

Cristalino Brut  NV / 375 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

91 pts. : August 1, 2001

A sophisticated sparkler for under $8.99? Seems unlikely, but right from the start, this release of Cristalino shows off a bright green gold color and persistent, tiny bubbles. Then the toast of the aroma follows, as does the figgy richness of flavor. It’s a big, bold wine, with scents of spring blossoms, woodier elements of cinnamon, spice and herb aspects of sage and witch hazel. The finishing savor of pie crust raises it out of the realm of most cheap sparklers, the dry roasted almond flavors keep it firmly in Spain.

91 pts. : August 1, 2001

A sophisticated sparkler, this is a big, bold wine, with scents of spring blossoms, of cinnamon, spice and of sage, with a dry roasted almond flavor that keeps it firmly in Spain. Chill this for croquetas de bacalao.

90 pts. : Nov/Dec 2009

One of the bast cavas produced for the price; dry and clean with a persistent and smooth finish.

88 pts. : August 1, 2011

Pale and creamy from start to finish, this has hints of richness from aging on the lees while the flavors remain tight and clean. Chill it for hamachi kama.

88 pts. : December 31, 2008

Cristalino is always a solid go-to Cava. This brut is round, slightly yeasty and shows citrus aromas that veer toward lemon-lime. The palate is healthy and clean, with a narrow set of citrus and apple flavors. Fairly full and long on the finish, which makes the whole package more than worthwhile given the cost.

88 pts.: August 1, 2013

A perennial favorite, this offers clean apple flavors at an unusually affordable price for such a completely dry style. It is a great party pour, or an aperitif to sip with raw clams.

88 pts. : December 1, 2008

Cristalino is always a solid go-to Cava. This brut is round, slightly yeasty and shows citrus aromas that veer toward lemon-lime. The palate is healthy and clean, with a narrow set of citrus and apple flavors. Fairly full and long on the finish, which makes the whole package more than worthwhile given the cost.

87 pts. : Nov/Dec 2008

Affordable cava for the holidays; bright and easy; great for cocktail parties with lots of appetizers.

87 pts.: Dec 31, 2011

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.

87 pts. : Sep/Oct 2004

Subtle, leesy aromas of apple, spices, flowers and nuts. Dry, racy and perfumed, with intense ginger and apple flavors complicated by nutty and floral nuances. Finishes quite dry and restrained. Unusually subtle, fresh, clean Cava.

87 pts.: Jan/Feb 2010

Light, bright gold with a slow, fine bead. Pungent aromas of dried flowers, smoky herbs, orange peel and apple. Very complex for the price, offering round orchard and pit fruit flavors and bracingly bitter citrus pith. Finishes on a gently sweet note, with repeating notes of flowers and orange. This can be had for as little as $7 in some markets, which must make it the best sparkling wine value around.

86 pts. : January, 2002

If you like a toasty, dry bubbly, Cristalino is a nice choice given the affordable price. Burnt bread notes mix with vanilla liqueur and green apples on the nose. The palate is bracingly dry and crisp, with lemon and petrol notes. The bead is aggressive, but the back palate nice and the finish dry, with dusty cinnamon apple notes.

86 pts. : December 31, 2003

What more could you want in a budget-priced sparkler? No, it’s not hugely complex, but it’s fresh and lively, with lime and herb aromas, tart green apple flavors and a zippy finish. Simple, but bouncy and clean.

86 pts. : November 29, 2004

A touch sweaty on the nose, with a softening hint of apple cider. The palate is fairly full and meaty, with melon, apple and burnt almond flavors. Finishes toasty and warm, and it’s here that the fruit shows brightest. Good for parties.

86 pts. : December 15, 2000

There’s plenty of enjoyment in this modestly priced wine, which has dusty, earthy aromas and just the slightest hint of citrus and melon. It’s very dry and faintly fruity. Has a bit of a scouring quality from high acidity, and it’s rough, but it’s exceptionally clean and brisk.

86 pts. : November 30, 2008

A toasty bubbly, with lots of hazelnut, piecrust and vanilla with a touch of coffee grounds. there’s fresh acidity that’s well-integrated, with a lingering lemon candy-tinged finish. Drink now.

85 pts. : November 1, 1997

A full-flavored, assertive Spanish sparkler that starts with toasty, spicy aromas, then wraps its nutty, fruity flavors in a rich texture. Lingers nicely on the finish, too. Lots of character for this price range.

85 pts.: 12/15/2011

A little cidery and funky smelling at first, but it settles to show stalky notes, scallion, tarragon and citrus flavors. Layered in feel but a bit green tasting throughout.

85 pts. : December 15, 2004

Tastes like new oak, wth vanilla and honey framing peach and citrus flavors. It’s all nicely balanced and lingering on the finish. Drink now.

85 pts.: 12/15/2005

Light aromas of petrol and lemon-lime are entirely correct for cava, and the palate pushes fresh fruit in the tangerine and grapefruit realm. Has a bit of heft and zap, with a dry, largely clean finish. Fine on its own; maybe better in a Spanish-style mimosa.

85 pts. : November 15, 1998

A crisp, very simple nonvintage cava from the Penedès region southwest of Barcelona. Perfect for basic sipping or as a blend in a mimosa or another champagne cocktail. By itself you will appreciate the mild bubble bead — courtesy of 18 to 24 months of bottle aging — and the mellow green-apple flavor. For eight dollars, you can’t complain.


Crunchy acidity frames this modest cava, as an underlying smoke note accents the lightly honeyed hints of green apple, toast and gingersnap. Enjoy a pleasant juiciness on the finish. Drink now.

: January, 2004

Light bodied and crisp with distinctive briny aromas complementing flavors of toast, mineral, and grapefruit.

: June, 2001

White cherry and peach aromas. Nice complexity, with nutmeg, anise and mineral flavors throughout. Salmon carpaccio.

: September, 2008

Light to medium bodied with crisp apple aromas and flavors and a smooth finish. Crab cakes.

: December, 2000

Lovely aromas of toast, yeast and minerals. Well-balanced, good texture and structure, with soke tart apple flavors; long, zippy finish. Roast fowl.

Member Store Reviews

“At Jaume Serra we have always been pioneers in introducing the most modern methods,” says Blai Poch, the bodega’s Oenologist. “We like our Cava young so they keep their fresh fruit flavors. Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut is a case in point, lightly aged, low in alcohol, faintly green-tinged, with a nice sparkle.” Blai Poch is a fan of Cristalino Brut at any time, any place, and with any meal. “It is naturally appropriate with appetizers and desserts, but just as valid with other foods, as the taste of each client dictates.”

Light bodied. Moderate acidity. Mild fruit. Citrus, earth, minerals, peach. Crisp balanced between stone fruits and citrusy acidity, this offers nice light summertime drinking.