2012 CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 92WA, 90W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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The 2012 Viña Real Crianza, from a very dry, early harvest, feels fresher than the 2011. It's a similar blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha Tinta with Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrel for 14 months. The wine was about to be bottled and showed really young with both ripe fruit and plenty of spices, hints of leather, fountain pen ink, black licorice and aniseed over a core of very ripe, showy fruit. It has a lush texture, still a bit too young with some tannins that should get polished with a little bit of time in bottle. However, this wine will not be sold before until the end of 2015. At this price level the quality is outstanding. 900,000 bottles of this wine will be produced.

90-92 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)

This is from CVNE’s winery in Laguardia, focused on fruit from Rioja Alavesa. It presents cool red fruit and black tea–scented tannins, with oak influence that comes across in notes of tree bark and campfire smoke. The persimmon scents have a funky edge, an intriguing note of complexity in the finish. For grilled lamb kabobs.

90 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2016)