|89||View from the Cellar||While the non-vintage Brut bottling of Biutiful is made from the same cépages as the Brut Nature above (eighty percent Macabeu and twenty percent Chardonnay), Señor Fernandez uses slightly older vine Macabeu for the Brut Nature (fifty-five year-old vines versus forty yearold vines for the Brut NV). The wine is aged the same eighteen months on its fine lees and was finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter. The bouquet is bright and pretty, offering up notes of pear, white flowers, wild fennel and a nice base of salty soil tones. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with pinpoint bubbles, excellent backend mineral drive and a long, complex finish. The Brut Nature is a bit more elegant in profile, but this has more mid-palate volume and the dosage is very well done and buried in the undertow of minerality here. Fine juice. 2020-2030.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
|89||Vinous Media||Brilliant yellow. White peach, pear and a hint of tangerine on the perfumed nose. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors that tighten up on the back half. Lingers nicely on the supple finish, which leaves a subtle floral note behind. This bottling is from lot #928044. 2021- 2024
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
|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.|
|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 (Excellent)
"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."
How to pick a Valentine’s Day wine that’s as romantic as your mood - January 2020
"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
Treat your valentine right with a bright Italian red for just $13 - January 2020
|#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."
July 3, 2019