(1990 Vintage) Tasting Notes: Lustrous pale gold. Delicate, elegant bubbles forming a fine gossamer string. Very expressive on the nose, with an intense floral bouquet comprised of fragrant almonds, hazelnuts, and white flowers. On the palate is a generous, rounded, creamy attack followed by a touch of acidity to mark a finish of elegant persistence. Light and fresh, it is undoubtedly a wine of admirable magnitude with time. Overall, this is a wine guarding the Cristal tradition, possessing all the traits of a ...
(1990 Vintage) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 97 points
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) 55% Pinot Noir; 45% Chardonnay. Its Pinot Noir portion notwithstanding, this wine has a crisp, chalky, lightly citrusy, lightly toasty aroma that is more than a little bit suggestive of an elegant Blanc de Blancs. And perhaps that is its secret. It is an incredibly refined yet deep wine whose suggestions of roasted soy and caramel are kept as complex nuances within a well-filled, refreshing, crisp set of flavors and a graceful, lengthy aftertaste. It occupies a comfortable middle ground between t...
Wine & Spirits(2002 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/08
Wine Advocate(1990 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 119 on Oct-98
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1999 Vintage) One does not have to be a rock star to enjoy Cristal, but it does help to have deep pockets. The wine is a beauty, and always has been, so its great success with us should come as no surprise. We love its rich, creme brulee, apple and cherry notes tied to toasted biscuits and hints of chalk and minerals. It has a wealth of tiny bubbles and is creamy and smooth across the palate. Its mix of richness and refinement makes it into one of the more sophisticated wines in the tasting.
Robert Parker(2004 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2010