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Cune Gran Reserva Rioja

Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 2012

Rioja, SpainLook carefully in the glass; this wine is holding plenty of pigment for its age, with a ruby core and just the hint of orange at the rim. Note the metallic blood and meat whiffs that change quickly to dried currants and sweet plums. It’s lifted and floral, with developed aromas of leather, tobacco, old books and tar. In the mouth is when you come to understand the leap in quality and concentration that Gran Reservas offer. Wonderfully focussed fruit flavours of ripe strawberries and dark cassis strut on a red carpet of cocoa, ink and savoury dried herbs. Both French and American oak has a voice in the wine, with notes of brown sugar and clove spice, nicely complimenting rich fruit and complex, leathery maturation character. The tannins are substantial and present from this low-yielding, concentrated vintage, but best of all, bright acidity illuminates the wine from inside. Gran Reserva wines are only made in the best vintages and must age at the bodega for five years before they are released, ensuring a base level of integration, harmony and burnish. It’s got years to go but offers much satisfaction now with a leg of lamb or breast of duck.Tasted: 23 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.99 private wine shops Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Varietal: Tempranillo/Tinto Fino/Tinta del Toro/AragonezCSPC: 863845UPC: 8410591004592