We just launched a new feature: My Charts. See your charts >
White - Sparkling

N.V. Cristalino Cava Brut

Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend

  • Spain
  • Cava
Drink between 2010 - 2012 (Edit)
CT85.3 435 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 269

  • gpunch wrote: 79 points

    December 6, 2023 - Not worth getting philosophical over. All granny smith and rubber in the nose with one note tart lemon with considerable RS on the palate. Fairly high acid and large, active bubbles. Recommended for mimosas.

  • ChateauShiny Does not like this wine: 77 points

    November 22, 2023 - Tasted blindfolded. Light nose of green apple jolly rancher and not much else. Light bubbles on the tongue, high acidity, and high sugar level – somewhere between a dry and demi sec in sweetness. Palate is all over the place – green apples, crab apples, underripe lime, lychee, and a bit of minerals. Finish is way too long with sour apple candy, underripe citrus, and lemongrass.

    My first thought is this is a prosecco style bubbly made with Sauv Blanc and some other grapes. This does not taste like typical prosecco – nor does it taste like typical champagne-style blends.

    Taking my blindfold off – pale gold in color and a light stream of very fine bubbles. I stand by my thoughts on this.

    The reveal: Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut. Wait a second, this is a Brut?!?!?! This wine had a lot of R/S going into it.

    This is possibly the worst Cava I have ever consumed. $8.09/btl at Safeway w/ the 20% 6-bottle discount. Run away form this and buy yourself a bottle of Dibon Orange Label at $9.99 – you’ll thank me. If you need to slum it, even Cooks Grand Reserve will outclass this.

  • oldwines wrote: flawed

    October 5, 2023 - This bottle was rescued from a cellar in a 250-year-old house with a dirt cellar floor and had been there for an unknown amount of time. Sadly, it was oxidized beyond my willingness to drink it.

  • lebo9968@gmail.com wrote: 85 points

    March 12, 2022 - Tasted blind against Segura Viudas. This looked, smelt and tasted older. Like an aged sparkler. The Segura Viudas was much more lively, bright and deep on nose and palate.

  • VinoGeeko wrote: 87 points

    July 7, 2021 - APPEARANCE
    Clarity: clear
    Visual Intensity: medium -
    Color: lemon
    Other observations: fine bubbles
    Condition: clean
    Aromatic Intensity: medium(-)
    Primary Aroma: apple
    Secondary Aromas: NA
    Tertiary Aromas: NA
    Development: youthful
    Sweetness: dry
    Acidity: medium +
    Alcohol: medium
    Body: light
    Flavor intensity:medium(-)
    Primary Flavors: pear, apple, gooseberry, lemon
    Finish: medium(-)
    Quality level: good (based on balance, finish, intensity, complexity)
    Level of readiness: drink now

1 - 5 of 269 More notes

Pro Reviews 9

Add a Pro Review

Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews. Learn more.

Manage Subscriptions


  • By James Suckling
    10/7/2019 (link)

    (NV Jaume Serra Cava Cristalino Brut, Sparkling, Spain) Subscribe to see review text.


  • Spanish Selections, 10/12/2011 (link)

    (NV J. Garica Carrion Jaume Serrra Caristalino Brut Cava) Subscribe to see review text.

Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    April 2009, Issue #2, Sparkling Wine Tasting Notes

    (NV Cristalino Brut) Subscribe to see review text.


  • Report 14: Sparkling Wines and Champagne, 1/15/2009 (link)

    (NV Cristalino Brut Cava) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116 (link)

    (NV Cristalino Cava Brut) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2003, IWC Issue #109 (link)

    (NV Cristalino Cava Brut) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 1998, IWC Issue #80 (link)

    (Cristalino Vintage Cava Brut) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Richard Jennings
    3/30/2010 (link) 84 points

    (NV Cristalino Cava Brut) Wheat, dried apple nose; tart apple palate with good acidity; short finish (aged 18 mos.)

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/27/2006 (link) 78 points

    (NV Cristalino Cava Brut) Light, faintly soy sauce nose; tart apple juice palate with a little fizz and mercifully short finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Cristalino
  • Varietal Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend
  • Designation Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region Spain
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Cava
  • UPC Codes 017619050005, 745369565752, 745639550006, 745639555001, 8411277063049, 8411277400417

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,972 (30%)
  • Consumed 4,605 (70%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Aperitif, Fruit Salad, hors d'oevres, mixer, salad, Stir fry

Who Likes This Wine

84% Like It  62 votes

More About This Wine


Add Articles

Report a Problem

© 2003-23 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem