B-21 Top Recommendation
Affectionately known as Cune, the Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (CVNE) was formed by two brothers in 1879, in Haro Rioja. Direct descendants of the original founders operate the company today, adhering to the traditional, timeless principles of aging and blending. The family's quest to offer unique wines from burgeoning zones lead to the formation of four individual wineries under the Cune umbrella. Viña Real, launched in 1920, is their Rioja Alavesa operation. Viña Real's wines are aged and blended in a modern style, but with the traditional elegance, the classic ability to age you expect from Cune. Today, the wine is based almost exclusively (90 - 95%) on Tempranillo, fermented 100% in stainless steel. Aging is performed in a combination of French and American oak, with the highly prized Gran Reserva aged for two years in cask before an additional 36 months in bottle. Patience is truly rewarded with the 2010, a 94 point Wine Advocate rating summed up by Gutierrez telling us "it’s a wine you go back to over and over again." Killer price to boot.