Cune Crianza is well-loved in the Rioja region of North-Central Spain. It’s primarily Tempranillo (80%) with 20% Grenache and Mazuelo.
Cune is a fun and casual sipper that would pair well with a tapas meal, sautéed mushrooms or sausage. This is a cool and affordable slice of Rioja. In the glass the wine is bright garnet with a purple rim. Cune is light to medium in body.
Crianza must be aged for two years, one of which must be in oak. Cune is fermented in stainless steel. Following malolactic fermentation, it is aged for a year in American oak. The wine is well balanced with warm red berry flavors.
CVNE was founded in 1879 by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asua, and has remained in family hands ever since, now in their fifth generation. CVNE has long been an innovator, embracing estate bottling and the extensive use of stainless steel.
89 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2009 Crianza in a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha and Mazuelo aged for 12 months in used barrels plus six months in bottle. It has a ripe bouquet of fresh strawberry and red cherries that is competently enmeshed with the oak. The palate is fresh and lively with taut tannins. There are notes of dark cherry, licorice and a touch of mocha with a finely-tuned, delineated finish. There is a pleasing brightness to this Crianza that is approachable now and should age with style. Drink now-2019.