Rioja Crianza "Viña Real," Cune
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Rioja Crianza "Viña Real," Cune - 2019

Item # 24600 750mL

Real Rioja from a traditional-minded producer, who is not afraid of some innovation. Brilliant cherry color, with youthful violet hints, medium bodied, fruity and delightfully crisp. Tempranillo's habitual elegance is demonstrated by fresh red berries, subtle spice notes and vanilla.

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The CUNE Rioja Crianza is mostly Tempranillo, which provides red fruit; Mazuelo, which adds color and tannin; Garnacha Tinta, which adds body and fruit; and Graziano, which adds aromatic complexity to the wine. CUNE, the abbreviation of Compania Vitivinicola del Norte de Espana, is a historically well reputed winemaker in Spain that spans five generations, crafting the way of wines in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria in what is known as Rioja Alavesa. Stainless steel-fermented and aged in oak for 14 months, this Rioja Crianza is ready to be enjoyed now, though you might want to save a few bottles for that upcoming special occasion. Or, perhaps, just grab a bottle when you want to visit that old friend you haven't seen in a while. This Rioja Crianza has a cellaring potential of four to five years.




Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and has lately been grown with considerable success outside of Spain, in...

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The origin of Spanish winemaking, Rioja has been the benchmark for Spanish wines in the international market for over two hundred years, and remains so to this day. Tempranillo is the star of the red wines here, though its expression can vary wildly from producer to producer. Traditionally-styled Riojas tend to be subtle and soft, and often have high levels of acidity to ensure their survival through the lengthy ageing process. The more modern producers are making powerful, dark,...

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