Freixenet sparkling wines from Spain
Freixenet sparkling wines from Spain

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut cava sparkling wines - ratings and reviewsWine Ratings & Reviews

#2 IMPORTED SPARKLING WINE
Freixenet is ranked second for imported sparkling wine, and Freixenet USA president, Tom Burnet, is quoted.
- Shaken's Impact Newsletter, June 2013
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95 POINTS, GREAT VALUE CAVAS - Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut
"Elegant, delicate white flowers and peach aromas. Honey, pineapple and creamy vanilla on the palate. Worth every penny."
- Decanter Magazine, June 2013
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87 POINTS, BEST BUY - Carta Nevada Semi Dry
"For a sweet bubbly prices at $9, you can't go wrong with Carta Nevada Semi Dry. This is smoother from nose to body to finish. Aromas of pear and banana are easy, while the palate keeps its poise and feel while dealing with pear, mango and banana flavors. For a sugary sparkler this more than gets the job done."
- Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
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Cordon Negro Brut
"Tangy with a lively bead and hints of apple blossom, Gala apple, pineapple and ground ginger."
- Wine Spectator, April 2013
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Cordon Negro Extra Dry
"Modest and lightly sweet, with delicate acidity and hints of lemon zest and verbena balancing candied apple and berry notes. Smoky finish."
- Wine Spectator, April 2013
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BARGAIN BUBBLY - Carta Nevada Semi Dry
"A balance of fruity yet crisp flavors makes this Spanish sparkler perfect for enjoying on its own. Crafted from a blend of three grape varieties and aged for up to nine months, it's not too sweet and not too dry. Toasty - with touches of apple and peach."
- Every Day with Rachael Ray, December 2012
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FEATURED
Freixenet is featured in an article about sparkling wines.
- Market Watch, November 2012
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88 POINTS - Elyssia Pinot Noir
"Elyssia is but one slice of the vast Freixenet sparkling wine empire but it’s a delicious slice as those things go...Elyssia is a good example of quality cava at its inexpensive best...Perfect for the holidays."
- Robert Whitley, October 2012

Cordon Negro Extra Dry
"Forward and direct up front, this has a yeasty but fresh apple aroma. It feels clean and ready, with lemon-lime and kiwi flavors that lead to a fresh finish. This is textbook Cava with some sweetness."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2012
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WINE OF THE WEEK - Elyssia Gran Cuvée
"Elyssia is where the action is. Macabeo lends a nice, ripe apple note. The floral and citrus qualities...embroider this sparkler with a pleasing freshness... you have a fabulous cava."
- Forbes Magazine, August 2012
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RECOMMENDED TOP VALUES FROM SPAIN - Cordon Negro Brut
Recommended by Executive Editor Thomas Matthews.
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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87 POINTS, BEST BUY - Cordon Negro Brut
"Freixenet's signature Cava is consistent and pure as usual, with aromas of white fruit and white pepper and an overall freshness on the nose. It feels crisp and focused, with a foamy palate that brings apple, lime, peach and spice flavors. The finish is smooth."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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88 POINTS, BEST BUY - Cordon Rosado Brut
"This is always a really good buy among rosé sparklers and a personal favorite in the Best Buy category. It opens with red fruit, vanilla and yeasty aromas, but it’s racy, crisp and refined in the mouth, with nectarine, peach and controlled citrus flavors. It’s dry, spicy and fairly smooth on the finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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88 POINTS - Elyssia Gran Cuvée
"This is slightly smoky, toasty and yeasty up front, with a touch of matchstick to the nose. Rich, sweet tasting and candied on the palate, it has baking spice, apple and honeydew flavors. It’s tasty throughout and just elevated enough in mouthfeel to earn a few complexity points."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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86 POINTS - Elyssia Pinot Noir
"Creamsicle aromas have a dry tea note, and overall this tastes like Pinot Noir. It feels foamy and soft, with flavors of tea leaf, orange and cherry. The finish is rooty tasting and mild."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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BEST BUY - Carta Nevada Brut
"Dry, crisp and nice, this has white fruit aromas that are familiar and friendly. It comes across medium bodied, dusty and yeasty, with an apple accent and a vanilla flavor. The finish is lightly toasted and slightly briny."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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86 POINTS, BEST BUY - Spumante
"Light, powdery, sweet and citrusy on the nose, this becomes fairly creamy on the palate. It’s aggressively sweet tasting but not cloying, with orange and mango fruit and a finish stocked with enlivening acidity."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2012
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2012 VALUE BRAND OF THE YEAR
"Freixenet is the sparkling wine to have on hand at the finish line of any race. The Cordon Negro Extra Dry is refreshing, leesy and broad, built to chill and pop."
- Wine & Spirits, June 2012
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89 POINTS - Elyssia Gran Cuvée
"A crisp floral nose that is very tight at first, but opens to offer hints of honeysuckle and acacia. The palate is well-balanced with honeyed tones on the entry that impart sweetness towards the finish. It is pretty and graceful."
- Wine Advocate, April 2012
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88 POINTS - Brut Reserva
"The palate is active but settled, with a nice, normal mix of apple and lime flavors."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2011
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87 POINTS, BEST BUY - Cordon Rosado Brut
"The palate is healthy, smooth and offers a good bubble bead in front of toasty raspberry and chocolate flavors."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2011
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87 POINTS - Cordon Negro Brut
"This shows more finesse than many of its peers, displaying a subtle juiciness, joined by aromatic apricot, quince, mandarin orange and almond notes. Finely meshed, with a lightly spiced finish. Drink now."
- Wine Spectator, November 2011

87 POINTS - Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut
"Shows good freshness and nice apple, lime and peach aromas. The acidity is there, so it's lithe and forward, with lift and a good bubble bead. Tastes like your basic brut but it's a bit more refi ned on the tongue."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2011
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86 POINTS - Cordon Negro Extra Dry
"Fresh on the nose for an extra dry, with lime and apple aromas. Only the slightest bit cloying, with balancing acidity helping out sweet green melon flavors. Finishes nice and normal."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2011
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BEST BUY - Carta Nevada Brut
"Neutral for the most part, with fresh acidity, light bubbles and basic apple and peach fl avors. A little sweet and confected but perfectly good. Solid for simple sipping and mimosas."
- Wine Enthusiasts Magazine, December 15, 2011
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88 POINTS
"Light yellow. Vivid pear and lemon rind aromas are complicated by musky floral and herbal scents. Refreshingly bitter pear skin and citrus flavors show good clarity and a slightly dry edge, with a spicy element emerging on the back half. Finishes with good grip and citris cut."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2011
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