Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
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TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2016 #22 : 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 Gran Reserva is typically made of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American oak for 24 months.
Wine SpectatorThis generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spice notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure, and this shows plenty of depth, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. 600 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Cune Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo 10%, Graciano and 5% and Mazuelo, which matured in barrel for two years and in bottle for three. There is more American oak here with sweet spices, some roasted and tar aromas, with hints of leather and less finesse than in other Gran Reserva from the house; Viña Real, Imperial and Contino play in a different league. 50,000 bottles produced.