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2015 Cune (CVNE) Imperial Rioja Reserva

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March 17, 2024 - $41



94Vinous / IWC

Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, incense, floral oils and vanilla, along with suggestions of mocha, licorice and woodsmoke. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering intense blackberry, cherry preserve and violet pastille flavors and allspice, coconut and star anise flourishes. Distinctly rich yet energetic as well, finishing with resonating floral and spice character, well-integrated tannins and superb mineral-driven persistence.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...killer nose of smoked blackcurrants, vanilla, violets, orange blossom, and cedar, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet ripe, polished tannins, and a great, great finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...medium to full-bodied palate with very good grip, powerful but with great balance.

93Wine Spectator

Black cherry, leafy, forest floor and toasty notes mingle over well-integrated tannins in a silky texture, with fresh acidity giving way to a floral, minerally finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

Savory oak and spicy foresty berry aromas are a touch gritty...grabby palate with controlled astringency tastes of salty, lightly stalky plum and raspberry, along with vanilla. Earthy berry and oak flavors dominate a finish with tannic rub.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Raspberry and unsmoked cigar on the nose. Dry, elegant, with an intense red-berried sappiness at the core. Silky, long tannins... Very dry finish with a classic coconut-tobacco-spice note that lingers.


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.


2015 Cune (CVNE) Imperial Rioja Reserva

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE)