Type: Spanish Red Winery: Cune Winery
Region: All > Spain > Rioja

Cune 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2010

Each : $26.95
Case: $323.40 
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Cune 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2010

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WS: 94
Item Number: 22336
Wine Spectator 94
WS TOP 100 2016 Rank 22
"This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spicy notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure. There’s plenty of depth here, culminating in a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. – Thomas Matthews"

Description: Manual harvest with field and sorting table selection, mostly from Las Anchas plot, where the Tempranillo vines are over 60 year old. After destemming, the grapes were fermented in concrete vats at temperatures between 82 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Total maceration time was 20 days. Afterwards the wine was placed in new French oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine spent nearly three years in a mix of used American and French oak barrels. Racking was done every 6 months. After oak ageing, the wine was bottled and spent another three years in our underground cellars.

About
CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in all of Spain. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, the company has been an integral part of the Rioja region’s ascendance in the world of fine wine. With their combination of traditional roots and innovative vision, CVNE has been one of Rioja’s most reliable sources for high quality wine. The company is still run by descendants of the Real de Asúa brothers, now represented by the fifth generation with current CEO Victor Urrutia Ybarra.

Since its founding, CVNE’s goal has been to increase the scope of production while maintaining the level of quality on which their reputation was built. Forty years after the original bodega was created, CVNE expanded into the Alavesa region. Today, CVNE is comprised of three separate bodegas: Cune, Viña Real, and Contino. Each of the three estates produces a distinct style of wine from a distinct terroir, and each of their flagship bottlings occupies a well-deserved place in the pantheon of great Spanish wine.

CUNE
Cune is the winery where the company began in 1879. It still sits on its original site, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta, directly next to the train station. They produce white, rosé, crianza, and reserva wines, sourced almost entirely from Alta fruit. Additionally, Cune produces a sub-label called Imperial (named for the original half-liter “Imperial pint” bottling) which releases Reserva and Gran Reserva bottings in exceptional years.

The bodega in Barrio de la Estación boasts an impressive collection of 19th century structures which surround a central patio. Chief among the architectural wonders is the Nave Eiffel, designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. This room, begun in 1890 and completed in 1909, is a textbook example of the marriage of aesthetics and functionality. The roof is supported by metal trusses which crisscross the room at regular intervals, thus eliminating the need for columns and making for a more efficient use of space.

The beauty of the winery notwithstanding, the real wonders of Cune are found below ground. To walk through the dank, dimly-lit cellars is to trace the history of the bodega, vintage by vintage, era by era. Through civil war, regime change and the march of technology, Cune has remained a constant in the cultural iconography of Spain.
Other Vintages: 2011  2010 

Customer Reviews

- Empire Wine Staff
5/5 stars
A Classic Expression From A Classic Producer - Wow. If you're looking for a textbook Rioja then look no further. The nose is complex with dried cherry and blackberry with subtle notes of cocoa and sweet vanilla. A pleasant earthiness on the palate is complimented by more red and black fruit. The finish is long and generous. This has very good structure so it will get even better with time! Even at this price point, you get way more than what you pay for.
5/5 stars
Very Enjoyable - Smooth style. Very recognizable as a rioja. I wish I had more. 92+
Posted by  on 8/7/18  [Verified]
5/5 stars
Tops! - Love Rioja and this is our favorite one!
Posted by  on 4/5/17  [Verified]
5/5 stars
Wonderful Rioja - Very good and at the price a good value.
Posted by  on 12/31/16  [Verified]
5/5 stars
excellent value for a great wine - not a wine expert but Gran Reserva Rioja 2010 was smooth, bit firm on tannins and full on acidity. Great flavors all around and can beat the price. One of the best value red...
Posted by  on 9/26/16  [Verified]
4/5 stars
good stuff - typical classic old world rioja wine, medium bodied, needed a bit of air time but got better after 15-20 minutes. was expecting more from a gran reserva but it was a very drinkable and enjoyable.
Posted by  on 4/3/17  [Verified]
3/5 stars
It was good but I was expecting a bit more. I had better Rioja's for less money.
Posted by  on 1/23/17  [Verified]

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Bottles per case: 12

Type: Spanish Red

Winery: Cune Winery

Region: Spain >  Rioja

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