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Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva

Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

Rioja, SpainImperial GR always grabs your attention, but in 2011 it gets a boost from warm weather and heat stressed fruit that offers a little less acidity to the mix in exchange for a bit more power and mid-palate richness. Like 2010, the density, weight, and texture are wonderfully balanced, adding a sense of elegance to a red you can drink now or cellar for a decade and beyond. Bodegas C.V.N.E. is still owned and run by the Real de Asua family, who opened the doors back in 1879. Its full name is Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España, but everyone calls it ‘coonay’ reference to its famous initials: C.V.N.E. The name is an ode to a special bottling for the English in a measure the Spanish called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint,’ approximately half a litre.Tasted: 27 March 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 88.99 BCLS Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Tempranillo - Graciano - MazueloCSPC: 1312222UPC: 8410591002178