2015 Cune Rioja Crianza

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$9.95

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Tempranillo 85%-Grenacha Tinta and Mazuelo 15%.

"Cherry and red plum flavors mingle with toasty vanilla and clove notes in this round red. Orange peel acidity keeps this bright and lively, grounded by light, firm tannins. Drink now through 2023. 10,000 cases imported. -TM" (WS)

"The 2015 Cune Crianza is a traditional blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% split between Garnacha and Mazuelo. The wine is sold at unbelievable prices, and 2015 is one of the best vintages in recent times. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts and matured in American oak barrels for one year. They like to keep their house style while also showing the nuances of the year, which is fuller, riper and more balanced than the two previous years. It's approachable, with red fruit intermixed with spices and a creamy touch. The palate is soft and approachable, with fine tannins and lively acidity. It's easy to drink and very good with food. 4.5 million bottles produced.

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)

"Vivid red. Fresh, spice-tinged red fruits and succulent flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that pick up a refreshingly biter edge with air. The gently tannic finish hangs on with good, red-fruit-driven persistence." (VM)

"Very pretty plum, cherry and hints of cedar. Medium body, with soft tannins and a delicious finish. Shows the real Rioja character. Delicious always. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Aging in cask 12 moths and aging in bottle 6 moths before going to market. Carefully hand harvested, de-stalked, and short macerated, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 26 and 28ºC to retain varietal aromas. Following alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred to American oak casks where it remained for at least 12 months, with regular rackings to develop its finesse, before it was bottled and released.

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.