Freixenet's Cordon Negro, the black bottle bubbly, is ubiquitous. For twelve dollars, it's also a nice wine. In addition to the Freixenet line of sparklers and still wines, this Spanish wineglomerate owns many other brands:
Segura Viudas, in particular, is one of Freixenet's brands that offers even more bubblies. In my opinion, SV's Brut Reserva is a better value than Cordon Negro. Segura Viudas also offers Aria Brut Nature. It's priced around ten dollars. Aria is still very much a Cava - yet it seems to be slightly more nuanced than the typical Cava.
- From Catalonia, Spain
- Straw yellow, hints of green, and quick-rising bubble-beads
- Citrus scents coupled with peach and green apple. Very little yeasty/biscuity quality
- Light-bodied with aggressive acidity. Medium length finish
*** (3 stars out of 5)
Not comparable in complexity to Champagne. Yet Cava is a nice, affordable bubbly that is nearly always reliably good.