Cune (CVNE) Vina Real Crianza Rioja 2018
- Spain, 750ml
A perfectly balanced Tempranillo, the Vina Real comes from one of Rioja's top sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa. Here elevation and chalky soils ripen fruit perfectly, producing a wine that is plump and defined now but the with the complexity and integrated oak structure to make it worth aging if desired.
- Winery: Cune (CVNE)
- Varietal: Tempranillo (90%), Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuelo
- Region: Rioja, Spain
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Vegan-friendly
- Food pairing: Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes; Lasagna, pizza & dishes with tomato-based sauces; Mexican food (tacos, nachos, burritos)
"Viña Real is made from grapes grown in Rioja Alavesa where the people of the villages are dedicated almost totally to grape growing, this being a deep rooted tradition, passed down from generation to generation. The grapes which make up Viña Real Crianza are sourced from our own vineyards in Laguardia and from our trusted providers in Rioja Alavesa who have supplied us for many years.
De-stemmed grapes were transferred to stainless steel vats for the alcoholic fermentation at temperature control between 26-28℃. Following completion of the malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to French and American oak barrels where it aged for 13 to 14 months. During this period the wine is racked every 5-6 months to encourage ripening and proper organoleptic development." Cune (CVNE)
In 1879, the Real de Asúa brothers arrived in Haro to embark on what would become one of the longest-standing histories in the wine world. A trip initially taken for health reasons led to the creation of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (C.V.N.E.) in the iconic Barrio de la Estación railway station.
This marked the birth of a family winery that has grown over five generations. Today, the winery is still run by the same family, producing quality, artisanal and traditional wines that grace tables in more than 90 countries. An industry leader in Spain and winner of prestigious wine awards including accolades from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate over the course of its history, CVNE has continued to grow while always remaining true to its objective of creating premium wines and tapping into the potential of the outstanding vineyards in its environs. The group currently has seven wineries in Spain’s principal wine-growing regions: CVNE, Imperial, Viña Real and Viñedos del Contino in Rioja, Roger Goulart in Penedés, Bela in Ribera del Duero, and Virgen del Galir in Valdeorras.
These wineries produce a wide variety of wines (the best from each region), combining tradition and modernity to create reliable and characterful wines, including: Imperial, the flagship of the winery, ranked the world’s number one wine in 2013 by American magazine Wine Spectator (the first wine in Spain to receive the accolade); Monopole, Spain’s oldest white wine; the Corona 1939 white wine, and the Viña Real 1947 red wine (a Robert Parker 100-point wine); Contino, the first single-vineyard wine; and Roger Goulart, a pioneering producer of traditional method sparkling wine in Spain since 1882.
Over its 140-year history, CVNE has not ceased to evolve, grow, and innovate in terms of both wines and production. Despite its growth, the winery has maintained its profound respect for tradition while incorporating innovative processes and a commitment to its environment, with environmentally sustainable viticulture and excellent quality wines.
The iconic Davalillo Castle in the La Rioja region is the latest addition to this winemaking saga. This impressive monument, known beyond Spain’s borders, dates back to the XIII century. Over the centuries, it has fallen into disrepair, and now the CVNE family wants to restore it to its original splendour and bring it back to life.
- 93/100 Points - James Suckling (2017 vintage)
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- 92/100 Points - Guia de Vinos Gourmets (2017 vintage)
- 91+/100 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
- 91/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
- "10 Great Rioja Crianza Wines to Try" by Decanter, Julie Sheppard (2017 vintage)
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