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2005 Cune (CVNE) Imperial Rioja Reserva

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ITEM 8246591 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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$55
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I8246591 1 $55 May 29, 2022
I8219201 1 $55 May 15, 2022
I8219175 2 $55 May 15, 2022
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RATINGS

90Wine Spectator

Black cherry, tobacco, licorice and smoke flavors mingle in this assertive red. The tannins still have grip, and there’s a light balsamic edge to the acidity.

PRODUCER

Cune (CVNE)

CUNE is the English translation of CVNE, which in Spanish is the abbreviation for Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, one of Spain’s most renowned wine producers. Founded in the late 19th century by the brothers Eusebio and Raimundo de Asua, the Rioja estate is still run by descendants of the founders. CUNE produces white, rose, crianza and reserve wines. CUNE also produces a label called Imperial which is devoted solely to producing Reserva and Gran Riserva wines only in exceptional vintages.

REGION

Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.

VINTAGE

2005 Cune (CVNE) Imperial Rioja Reserva

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE)