This afternoon, among some other notable wines tried with our Quality Wine & Spirits rep, Ryan Mullins, we tried a really nice red in the form of the 2012 CVNE Vina Real Rioja Riserva. This wine is outstanding not just for the depth and complexity of the wine but also the great value that it represents.
The history of CVNE begins in this winery located in Haro in the Barrio de la Estación which dates from 1879. Near the train tracks which for a time reached the interior of the cellar to be able to easily transport the wine in barrels and later in the bottle. Cune controls around 545 hectares located in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones.
The vineyards of the Rioja Alta, from where the grapes come for the wines of this winery, are characterized by clay-calcareous soils, clay-ferrous and alluvial soils and a predominantly Atlantic climate. The winery comprises a set of 22 buildings and drafts, among which are the original dependencies of 1879, arranged around a patio.
CVNE, 'Cune' Rioja Reserva 2012
The 2012 Vina Real Rioja Riserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. The grapes were hand picked from selected vineyards and, following destemming, fermented at controlled temperatures between 28ºC and 30ºC. Following a full malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity, and to round and
soften the wine, it was matured for eighteen months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels, with rackings every six months. After bottling, the wine was cellared twenty four months before being released.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 90 points
This Tempranillo-based blend with 15% Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo matured in oak barrels for one year. The nose starts with notes of creamy oak that soon give way to aromas of ripe berries, blackcurrants and plums that are quite spicy and showy (revealing hints from both American and French oak) with a fresh, herbal, raspberry leaf touch. The palate is light to medium-bodied, polished and soft, with unnoticeable tannins and very well-integrated oak. A very good commercial Rioja, it is approachable now, but will also keep until 2023.
Review date: February 2018
This wine is in high demand due to its value, versatility and quality, and inventories will not last - please let us know if we can set aside a few bottles for you to pick up before they're gone!
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