|89||Vinous Media||Pale yellow. Fresh peach and melon aromas are complemented by dusty mineral and floral accents. Silky and open-knit, showing good depth to its juicy pit fruit flavors, which are braced by a refreshingly bitter orange pith flourish. Finishes with good persistence and lingering peach and honeysuckle notes. (Lot #806781; finished at eight g/l of residual sugar, which is relatively dry by standard Cava measures)
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|88||Wine Spectator||Floral and spice notes form a subtle, aromatic thread through the juicy flavors of nectarine, blanched almond and candied lime zest as they ride the creamy bead of this lively Cava. Drink now. - A.N.
|88||International Wine Review||Also an 80/20 blend of Macabeo and Chardonnay, this is a fruity sparkler that’s full in the mouth and finely textured with very good length.|
|88||View from the Cellar||The non-vintage Brut bottling of Biutiful from Isaac Fernandez is the same blend as the Brut Nature- eighty percent Macabeu augmented with twenty percent Chardonnay. It is aged the same fifteen months on the fine lees, but is finished with a dosage that brings it up to eight grams per liter of residual sugar, in contrast to the 1.1 grams of the Brut Nature. The wine offers up a clean and vibrant nose of green apple, menthol, a touch of leesiness, salty minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is focused, full-bodied and frothy, with a good core, nice mineral undertow and plenty of acids to carry its dosage with bounce and precision. The finish is not as long as the very top examples of Cava, but this is a well-made wine and a very good value at fourteen dollars a bottle here in New York. 2016-2023.|
|87||The Wine Enthusiast||Biutiful is in the eye of the beholder, but this is good brut at a fair price. There's clarity and fruit to the nose and palate, though don't be looking for elegance. White fruit, lime and green banana flavors fall off quickly on a clean finish.
|***||The Washington Post||Score: *** Stars (Great Value)
"Don’t judge a book by its cover or a wine by its label. Except when it makes perfect sense to do just that — such as on Valentine’s Day. The wine itself must be good, of course, or the value of the label will be lost. But the right wine name can help brighten the mood even before the first sip.
Bubbles set the stage for any celebration, of course. Why not toast your loved one with a Spanish cava called Biutiful? The brut bottling is delicious, and features 20 percent chardonnay in the blend, giving the wine more richness than the traditional Spanish grapes usually do. This wine has excellent distribution and availability, and at $14, it won’t stretch your budget. Biutiful also makes a nice rosé."
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"This cava is a bit more champagne-like than most, thanks to the 20 percent of the blend being chardonnay. The chardonnay lends body and richness, along with ripe fruit notes and a bit of sweetness to match the red-fruit flavors of currant and raspberry. This is delightful bubbly, and easy to find. Alcohol by volume: 11.5 percent." Great Value
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|#2||VinePair||Rated as #2 of in an article entitled: Eight of the Best Cavas Under $15, Tasted and Ranked, where editor Tim McKirdy tasted more than 40 different Cavas.
"This is a traditionally made sparkling wine, rich with lees influence and refreshing citrus notes. In other words: It’s textbook Cava and a brilliant example of the value the category offers. Standout flavors and aromas include biscuits, melted butter, and lemon essence. A solid wine and an absolute steal."
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