Cune Rioja Crianza 2015
The Cune winery is situated in Rioja where the oldest wineries of Rioja are established in the sub-region of Rioja Alta. In 1879, two brothers set up C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, to produce fine Spanish wines. The Cuné winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling.
The Crianza is made of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo. Hand harvested, de-stemmed, and short macerated, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 26 and 28ºC to retain varietal aromas. Following alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred to American oak casks where it remained for at least 12 months, with regular rackings to develop its finesse.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Cune Crianza is a traditional blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% split between Garnacha and Mazuelo. The wine is sold at unbelievable prices, and 2015 is one of the best vintages in recent times. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts and matured in American oak barrels for one year. They like to keep their house style while also showing the nuances of the year, which is fuller, riper and more balanced than the two previous years. It's approachable, with red fruit intermixed with spices and a creamy touch. The palate is soft and approachable, with fine tannins and lively acidity. It's easy to drink and very good with food.
Wine SpectatorCherry and red plum flavors mingle with toasty vanilla and clove notes in this round red. Orange peel acidity keeps this bright and lively, grounded by light, firm tannins. Drink now through 2023. 10,000 cases imported.