2010 Cune Rioja Vina Real Gran Reserva

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$34.95

NEW RELEASE....Graciano: 5% and Tempranillo 95%

"This lively, supple red delivers dried cherry, licorice, tea and spicy flavors, supported by light tannins and orange peel acidity. Not muscular, but energetic and focused. Drink now through 2020. 600q cases imported.–TM " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"(fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation and two years of aging in a combination of French and American oak barrels; aged in bottle for three years before release) Deep, vivid red. Spicy, highly perfumed red currant, cherry and candied rose scents, along with suggestions of vanilla and woodsmoke that build in the glass. Sweet, concentrated and penetrating, offering palate-staining, smoke-tinged cherry and red berry flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Very smooth and seamless in character; tannins play a supporting role in an impressively long, sappy, red-fruit-driven finish." (VM)

"This is a young but excellent gran reserva, so it's gritty-smelling in its youth, with aromas of blackberry and cassis. Racy acidity pushes the focus on the palate towards the upper tier, while flavors of lactic oak, lemon peel, tobacco and mocha share the stage with plum and berry fruit. Finishing flavors of vanilla and raw oak are supported by good acidity and just enough pulp. Drink through 2030." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Made with high quality grapes harvested by hand from our better plots in Rioja Alavesa. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures with a frequent dropping of the juice over the skins in order to maximise extraction. Malolactic Fermentation is carried out in French and American oak barrels, and then, the wine is manually racked to stabilise and get rid of deposits. After the cask ageing for 2 years, the wine is clarified with white of egg to achieve the silkiness and shiny final colour. Aging in bottle 36 months.

Of a deep and shiny ruby red colour with shades of garnet, this wine shows very intense and complex on the nose where hints of this wine's stay in oak stand out (coffee, spices, leather, toastiness) well integrated with stewed fruit and nuts. The first impressions on the palate are mellow, evolving towards a powerful and structured finish with a long aftertaste. Tannins show sweet, restrained and very well integrated in the wine's structure. It is a wine with a great ageing potential in bottle. Food pairing: Red meats, aged chees.