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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Cune Rioja Crianza
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Cune Rioja Crianza 2012

Rioja, SpainA precise hint of mahogany on the rim is what you’d expect in this developed red, and it reminds us that Rioja is built to age – even a value-priced Crianza-level wine like Cune’s 2012. Mature aromas of tobacco, damp leather and dried berries provide a nice contrast to some pretty vivid cherry flavours in the mouth, with spice, vanilla and coconut joining the festivities. There is a softness to the mild tannins (Cune pops their Crianza wines into used American oak for a year) and admirable harmony of fruit and oak. Light to mid-weight, this is a terrific age-mellowed wine to chill in the summer and share with a juicy lamb burger. One sip of this bargain helps you understand why Cune Crianza is Spain’s best-selling Rioja red in this price bracket.Tasted: 23 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 18.99 private wine stores QC 15.55 SAQ ON 16.95 LCBO MB 17.01 Manitoba's Liquor Marts Online AB 19.95 private wine stores Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Varietal: Tempranillo/Tinto Fino/Tinta del Toro/AragonezCSPC: 676023UPC: 8410591004370