Reserva Heredad is Segura Viudas’ premier bottling available in the U.S. market, but is still available at a fraction of the price compared to many French sparklers. Macabeo (67 percent) and Parellada (33 percent) grapes are harvested from estate vineyards, with winemakers using only juice from the first pressing. Sugar cookie, Chinese pear, red apple and a touch of dried mango on the palate, with an ever-present flintiness on the finish. To impress guests, serve with seared scallops, fresh egg pasta and excessive shavings of black truffle (you’ll be able to afford the truffle, after all, having saved so much money compared to a bottle of Champagne).
MSRP: $23 (March 2012)
Wine Lines Rating: 90