Sample submitted for review. SRP of $15. Imported by Europvin USA.
From the bottle:
"Cune Crianza is produced by the fifth generation of the founders of CVNE from the handpicked Tempranillo grapes. It ages for a minimum of one year in American and French oak casks and some months in the bottle prior to its release.
Today's wine is the baby brother to the Cune Reserva we reviewed as a Saturday Splurge a couple months ago. (That post also includes an explanation of the Rioja designations like Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.) Whereas the Cune Reserva will set you back $20-$25 today's selection is a great example of what $12 buys you in Rioja. The answer: A whole lot!
The 2010 Cune Rioja Crianza begins with pleasant aromas of really ripe red berries and cherries and a little spice. The wine tastes really satisfying with the fruit turning a bit darker in the mouth and features great touches of licorice, herbs and spice. Add in a nice smooth texture and good acidity and this wine definitely delivers. On the long, dry finish the spice turns a bit sweet and you'll also find just a touch of coffee underneath the lingering fruit.