Producer: Jaume Serra
Wine: Cristalino Cava Brut
Origin: Spain, Cataluña
Price range: 8-10€ (Finland, Alko)
Available at Alko: Yes (09/13), 552097
Here is one of the cheapest sparkling wine from Alko’s list. Nothing to expect from a Cava at this price range. It is far less risky to take a Prosecco for instance. Still. Let’s taste it.
Nose is characteristic of basic sparkling, yeasty, a bit oxidized. It is not unpleasant, though not interesting. The mouth is well balanced but with the same bland to unpleasant taste. The first glass is pretty ok. The second start to be boring, leaving a bitterness in the finish.
The bubbles makes this very plain wine not completely impossible to enjoy. So it is a possibility for a workday evening treat, a good substitute to beer. However the Prosecco Divici for instance is a much more enjoyable wine. On the bottle there was a sticker stating that it is the « value brand of the year » and it is true that it is surprisingly drinkable for the price but, still, no miracle.
Wineops’ rating: 57/100 ; 0 0
Wine: Pinot Noir Limited Edition
Origin: Chile, Casablanca
Price range: 10-12€ (Finland, Alko)
Available at Alko: Yes (09/13), 443697
Montes is a producer with good reputation in Chile. The wines, specifically the entry level might sometimes suffer from quite high ripeness and sometimes a too long oak ageing.
This Pinot Noir Limited Edition 2011 does not display this common defect. The nose is pretty brillant. It is very expressive and quite complexe. It starts with a display of intense dark berries, then comes the spices (a characteristic aroma in Chilean Pinot Noir). Slowly this develops into a touch of cacao and a very pleasant earthyness. At this point I am thinking that Montes nailed it!
However the mouth does not deliver. There the fruits and the aromatic complexity fades. It is a bit watery, very acidic and high in alcohol. Only in the finish dark cherries are coming back. It is not very enjoyable and leaves no desire for a second glass.
So it is a bargain for a Pinot Noir and it is a decent wine but this doesn’t blow ones mind. It might however benefit from a couple of year ageing… but I cannot say for sure.
Wineops’ rating: 59/100 ; 5 ?