A chewy and rich gran reserva with rich, ripe fruit and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Medium to full body. Linear and focused. Extremely well done. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)
CVNE still buys half of the grapes they vinify, but they now use 100% of their own grapes for the 2014 Cune Gran Reserva. From a challenging year with abundant rains during the harvest, it's approximately 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena), a classical blend with 13.5% alcohol. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats with indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic in concrete and élevage in American and French oak barrels for 24 months. The bottles are kept for at least three years before they are sold. It's quite austere and serious, with a shy nose and a backward personality but with the sweet spices and the character of the traditional Gran Reservas. The palate is polished and balanced, with very fine and abundant tannins. It's a powerful Gran Reserva with some youth. It transcends the difficult harvest. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2017.
92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 251 - Oct 2020)
Limpid ruby-red. Mineral-laced cherry, blackberry, vanilla and mocha aromas show very good clarity and pick up a hint of savory herbs as the wine stretches out. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering plush dark berry, cherry cola, licorice, floral pastille and vanilla flavors sharpened by a subtle peppery nuance. Shows impressive energy and spicy thrust on the persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins.
92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Apr 2021)
Woodsy raspberry and currant aromas are dry and distant, while this gran reserva from a difficult vintage feels solid and gets the job done. Toast, coffee and wood spice notes accent raspberry and plum flavors, while a steady finish is dry feeling and tastes lightly spiced. The future is now for this. Drink through 2023.
91 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2021)