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Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva
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Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

Rioja, SpainCompañía Vinicola del Norte de España is better known as Bodegas C.V.N.E. (pronounced Cunay), and is still owned and operated by the Real de Asua family, who founded the winery in 1879. Imperial is only made in the best years. Classic and traditional this wine certainly is, with tempranillo (along with 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo) coming from the estate's oldest vineyards, presenting in that aristocratic, reserved Rioja way. After a cold maceration, this ferments in French oak vats, after which the wine spends two years in oak casks before a minimum of 3 years bottle aging prior to release. The beauty in these wines is that the aging is all done for you; the wine is ready for enjoyable drinking immediately upon release, though will continue for a couple of years in your cellar. Layers of leather, anise, worn paper, dried cherry, tobacco leaf, graphite, subtle cigar smoke wrap around a ripe, plump core. This is a structural wine, but one worn with nine years aging, leaving tannins strident, yet softened, gently supporting the purple fruit to a typically bitter Italian finish.Tasted: 29 March 2020Tasted 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