Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wine Review: CVNE 2015 Rioja Rosado

Cune 2015 Rioja Rosado

This is the final of three wines by CVNE that I'm revewing. The first one is Viña Real 2015 Rioja Rosado, this one is CVNE Monopole 2015 Rioja Blanco, and the conclusion is Cune 2015 Rioja Rosado. The winery goes by both CVNE and Cune, Cune being a typo that stuck. The acronym is pronounced coo-nay and stands for Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España. It was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja and has been a leader in progressive winemaking and modernization since its inception.

Rosés and rosados are made from all sorts of varietals. Mostly Grenache. But there's Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec... and even being an absolute sucker for pink wine I've found that the ones I love the most are from Tempranillo. Then again, I'm a big fan of Tempranillo anyways.

The Cune Rosado is 100% Tempranillo. Awesome. And I've got some sushi to go with it. Even awesomer. I'm in the mood for some Stones and classic rock so I tune to The Rolling Stones Radio on Pandora. Guess what comes up first? None other than Sympathy For The Devil. Fitting for this demon of wine blogging. It's time to sin.

Do you see that color? Is that really wine or a fucking premixed Negroni? That is insane. Where's my ice and lemon slice?

The Rolling StonesSo here's your typical suspects in aromas and flavors for rosé: watermelon, watermelon candy, strawberry, strawberry candy, lemon, lemon candy, lime, lime juice, orange, peach. Two completely different rosés can sound exactly the same when using descriptors.

But every once in awhile, especially with the deeper extracted stuff like this one, you get that gooey filling inside the strawberry candy that comes in a wrapper that looks like a strawberry. Let's call it strawberry candy goo. It's the premier primary characteristic of this wine. Have you ever had a peach whiskey liqueur? I love peaches but everything that's peach flavored is usually shit unless it's peach whiskey liqueur, and that's the secondary primary characteristic of this wine.

And really that's it all across the board. Strawberry candy goo and peach whiskey liqueur. It's big bodied, tart, a little sweet, but highly enjoyable and refreshing. It doesn't taste like a Negroni but I actually want this on the rocks and with a lemon slice. Or I want it chilled icy cold and on the porch in the early summer evening while I rock out to Brown Sugar. How come you taste so good?

Price: $13
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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