Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wine Review: CVNE Rioja Crianza 2014

December is A Very Rioja Christmas on!

CVNE Rioja Crianza 2014

This winery goes by both CVNE and Cune, Cune being a typo that stuck. The name is pronounced coo-nay and it's actually an acronym that 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.

This whole month is dedicated to the wines of Rioja, and three of them are from CVNE's main label. This here is their 2014 Crianza, then I'll do their 2013 Reserva, and then their 2011 Gran Reserva. Because I will be reviewing so many wines this month, I'm going to keep the reviews short and sweet.

The 2014 Crianza is 85% Tempranillo, and 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo, all from the Rioja Alta region of Rioja. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks, went through malolactic fermentation in vats, and then saw a year of barrel aging in American oak. It has an ABV of 13.5%.

The color of the wine is cherry red, and so light you can read through it. On the nose there's aromas of plums, raisins, mushrooms and vanilla. Its's light bodied with soft tannin and a little perk to its acidity. On the palate there's flavors of black cherries, plums, dark chocolate and vanilla. It finishes very silky with black cherries, dark chocolate, and a burst of acidity.

For $13 this is a good example of affordable Rioja and a safe, nice introductory bottle for those looking to give Rioja wines a try.

Oh, by the way, the senate passed their tax bill overnight. Private jets are now tax deductible but the school supplies that school teachers need are now not. Also, public schools have been defunded to fund private schools. Is it official? Are we great again, America? Are we?

Price: $14
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (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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