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Includes a breakdown of the Rioja classifications.
SRP of $28 and available for as low as $20 (Saturday Splurge). Imported by Europvin. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Cune Reserva is produced by the fifth generation of the founders of CVNE from handpicked Tempranillo grapes. It ages for a minimum of one year in French and American oak casks followed by further aging in bottle prior to its release.
It’s been awhile since we’ve featured a Saturday Splurge so today we go to one of our favorite spots, Rioja. Rioja Reserva and Gran Reserva wines make great splurges because strict guidelines help to ensure very well made wine that is almost always worth the price — unlike wine from a lot of other areas that carries a “Reserva” designation with no real meaning behind it. Here’s a little refresher on the Rioja classifications:
- Young wines: Wines in their first or second year.
- Crianza wines: Wines which are at least in their third year, having spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum cask ageing period is 6 months.
- Reserva wines: Selected wines of the best vintages that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.
- Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.
The 2009 C.V.N.E. Cune Reserva (pronounced Coo-nay) was aged for 18 months in second and third use oak barrels (70% American, 30% French oak) and another 18 months in bottle. The wine opens with pleasant aromas of black cherry, red fruit, hints of vanilla and spice. As nice as that aroma is this wine really shines when tasting. Doing so reveals a wine with great balance and structure and an excellent smooth texture. This one is actually still a tad young so be sure to give it plenty of air for it to be at its best. Black cherry, plum, lots of well integrated licorice and spice and a little leather and smoke lead into the dry, spicy, mineral-tinged finish. Splurge away!
You may also want to check out our review of this wine’s baby brother, the Cune Crianza which retails for just $12.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.