Quick Review – A sizable disclaimer on the front label informs the discerning drinker that this bottle isn’t related to Cristal, the gold bottle in rap videos. At less than 1/20th of the price of Cristal, the Cristalino Cava holds its own with fine bubbles, fruity scent and a brut-style dry finish. 88/100.
The first thing I saw when I picked up the bottle of Cristalino (Buy Here) was the following statement, printed near the bottom of the front label. “JAUME SERRA CRISTALINO is not affiliated with, sponsored by, approved by, endorsed by, or in any way connected to Louis Roederer’s CRISTAL® champagne or Louis Roederer.”
Ironically I never drew the connection between a sub $10 bottle of Spanish sparkling wine with the $200+ Champagne (Buy Here). Not until I read the disclaimer. Now I’m intrigued, oh the irony.
While certain connoisseurs might dismiss this brand as one merely trying to ride the coattails of CRISTAL, the Cava is actually very good. From the time you pour the straw-yellow wine into a flute, you’ll see from the fine bubbles that this is not the average cheap bubbly.
True to the brut style, this Cava carries only a hint of sweetness. You pick up scents of apple, straw, and a slightly toasty finish. A wonderful French Champagne alternative.
Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava (Buy Here)
Description: A fine bubbly that tastes more expensive than the price tag.