Review: NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava

There’s no question that venerable Segura Viudas spends more money on this elaborate, pewter-based bottle than it does on the wine inside it, but that doesn’t mean that this Spanish cava isn’t good stuff (in fact, it’s aged on the lees in bottle for a full 30 months before releasing). In fact, at just $21 a bottle, it’s a rare value play that makes quite a striking impression on the table or when presented as a gift.

How’s Segura Viudas Reserva coming across in 2016? Let’s have a taste of a fresh (but still nonvintage) bottling.

The nose is brisk — very lightly yeasty with a modest amount of apple and lemon behind it. On the palate, it’s lightly effervescent — one of the selling points of less-bubbly cava — with ample fruit to offer, predominantly notes of buttered apples (even applesauce) and figs. The finish is on the tart side, greener than the sweeter start has to offer, which helps to tie the wine together and ends things on a cleansing note.

A- / $21 / seguraviudasusa.com

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