2010 CVNE Viña Real Gran Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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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.

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I was waiting to compare the 2010 Viña Real Gran Reserva with the Imperial Gran Reserva from that same vintage, as the comparison promised to be fascinating. This red blend from the Alavesa part of Rioja produced in its own winery is 95% Tempranillo and the rest Graciano; it fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrel for two years. The wine shows superb balance and harmony, with very subtle aromas of spices and flowers. It is one of those noses that make you go back to the wine over and over again, as it developed subtle nuances every time you smelled it. The palate feels a bit light compared with the Contino, which has more clout. I was going back and forth and at the end, I believe the three have a very similar quality level; what's best is that each has its own style and personality. 20,000 bottles produced.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 - Aug 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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