2014 Cune Rioja Reserva

Year: 2014
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"This red is fresh and juicy, with good density on the palate. Black cherry and plum flavors mingle with toasty and mineral notes, supported by light tannins and balsamic acidity. The fruit is spot-lit, while the wine remains harmonious and graceful. Drink now through 2026. 42,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. -TM " (WS)

"The 2014 Cune Reserva has adapted its profile to more modern parameters, with aging in barrique for 18 months. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. It has an approachable profile, gentle and quite fruit-driven, with limited impact from the élevage. In the palate, the wine shows good balance and fine tannins. 500,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2017.

Like most producers in Rioja (and elsewhere in Spain), CVNE lost some 70% of their crop in 2017, a year marked by frost and drought. The whites and rosés are not as vibrant as 2016 (a very good year overall), and the reds are better in 2017 than whites. As for 2016, it's a year of quantity and quality, with vibrant whites. 2015 is more homogeneous and dry and 2014 very challenging and very heterogeneous. Víctor Urrutia's classification would be: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. But it's early to say much about 2017, which has just finished malolactic. They have invested in buying new vineyards in the last few years." (WA)

"Limpid ruby-red. Expressive red berry and floral aromas are accompanied by suggestions of woodsmoke, vanilla and candied rose. Supple and open-knit, offering sweet cherry and raspberry flavors that slowly deepen and take a darker turn with aeration. Clings with very good tenacity on the finish, which features sneaky tannins and lingering suggestions of cedary oak and cherry pastry." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Aging in cask 18 moths and aging in bottle 24 moths before going to market. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of grapes from our vineyards in La Rioja Alta. The malolactic fermentation takes place in escrow and then the wine is aged in American oak barrels for a year, during which it acquires aromatic balance that characterizes him, as his finesse and overall expression.

Bright cherry colour with some violet nuances. In the nose, red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in wood. It shows an elegance in the mouth, yet very lively, with some spice back notes and a very balanced acidity.