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Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco NV

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Jaume Serra:
Jaume Serra, the winery producing Cristalino Cava, was founded in 1943 by Jaume Serra Guell in the Garraf zone of the Penedes in Catalonia, Spain. The “El Padruell” estate presiding over the vineyard slopes was built in 1647. The winery was purchased and renovated in 1997 by the J Carrión group. The wines are produced using yeasts imported from Champagne, France and are made in the Methode Tradicional. 

Editorial Reviews for Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,758
3.50 5
12/13/2012

Lightly floral on the nose with hints of white flowers over gentle apple fruit with a squirt of lime, simple but fresh. In the mouth this shows off lovely citrus fruit over a nice integrated base of yeasty complexity. Rather light and distinctly fresh in the mouth, this is easy to drink and finishes on the dry side with refreshing dried citrus and mineral flavors. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,758
3.00 5
12/28/2011

Dusty on the nose and slightly vegetal, with some sweet herbal elements and a bit of gum. Not terribly effervescent and rather vinous, making this easy to drink. It’s got a touch of sweetness, but that is well balanced by the wine’s acidity which also supports the slightly candied strawberry/cherry/watermelon fruit on the mid-palate. The finish is clean and brisk if on the short side. This is a fun wine, fruity and easy to drink. 85pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
12/20/2011

Dark rum and strawberries in the nose. Nice dry body with delicate herbal notes, nice fruit. A little bit metallic on the finish. Pretty nice.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
01/13/2013

This is a wonderfully dry cava that is crisp and refreshing. This is not a buttery oaky sparkler.


Snooth User: JenniferT
12777651,048
4.50 5
02/08/2014

The best value I've ever found in a sparkling wine to date!! I can't believe the complexity I experience in this wine given its low price point. Pale yellow with just a hint of green. Clean, fresh, and fruity but with unexpected depth coming from yeasty/bread-like notes and something more cutting yet savoury (like graphite or nut skins). Very dry. An incredible value.

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Great value!

3.50 5
04/10/2011

Can't do much better for $7 in a sparkler. Better choice than their regular brut. Good red fruit & minerality.


Snooth User: Fenderbaum
161289668
3.50 5
06/05/2011

Refreshing Brut Nature. Distinct lemon and citrus flavours, though not enough in the way of a "peel" texture for me. Went very well with pancakes and real Canadian maple syrup though!


Snooth User: mrsrhampton
954823499
5.00 5
11/01/2013

I absolutely love this cava! Smooth, well rounded and it tastes more expensive than it is. Beautifully bubbly and not so heavy on apple like so many of the cheaper bubblies. Great for everyday type drinking


Snooth User: abeth
30482462
3.50 5
07/09/2011

Very dry. Very sparkly. Bitter, a bit grassy.


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External Reviews for Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2014

Bright tangerine color, high-toned red-wine flavors with zingy citrus acidity.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2014

Salmon-colored and dense, with aromas of clay, cherry and brown sugar. Pinot Noir-ish in its smoky, dried-berry palate and peppery finish. Robust, solid and with texture.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2014

With its strawberry liqueur scent and peppery fruit flavor, this is a fine, lightly sweet Cava for a Sunday picnic in the park.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


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<p>Very toasty nose with hits of apple. Light bodied and easy going palate with infused flavors of green apple, lime and pear. Perfect for celebrations and good with sushi, asian dishes and caviar.</p>

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