2012 Cune Rioja Imperial Reserva

Year: 2012
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Spicy notes of cigar box and sandalwood wreathe plum and dried currant flavors in this generous red, while underbrush and licorice layers glide over firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A savory style. Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases imported. -TM " (WS)

"Deep ruby. Ripe cherry, black currant and pungent flowers on the expansive nose, accompanied by vanilla and pipe tobacco nuances that build in the glass. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering intense, oak-tinged red and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the clinging finish, which shows excellent clarity and smooth, slow-building tannins." (VM)

"Gorgeous aromas to this wine with flowers, truffles and subtle stones. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a fresh, clean and tight style. One for early drinking. Enjoy now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Aging in cask 24 moths and aging in bottle 36 moths before going to market. Made from a selection of the best grapes from our Rioja Alta vineyards around the village of Villalba that were hand harvested in small 30 kg boxes. Before starting the alcoholic fermentation, the bunches of grapes were cooled down and kept at a low temperature for some hours in order to improve our control over fermentation without using any additives and to achieve an optimum extraction. The fermentation took place in a combination of oak vats and stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The wine was then aged in both American and French new and used oak casks for two years, followed by another two years in bottle prior to its release in the market.

Deep cherry colour with shades of shiny red. To the nose, aromas of berries and liquorice balanced by hints of clove, rosemary, thyme and tobacco leaves coming from the oak cask ageing. To the palate, it shows its elegance thanks to a gentle tanin providing roundness and freshness. The wine tastes for long in the palate, with an interestingly complex aftertaste. Game and red meats are ideal pairings for this wine.