Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wine Review: CVNE Viña Real Rioja Crianza 2013

December is A Very Rioja Christmas on!

CVNE Viña Real Rioja Crianza 2013

The Viña Real brand was established in 1920 by CVNE (pronounced coo-nay). Viña Real is out of the Rioja Alavesa region of Rioja, as opposed to CVNE's main label out of Rioja Alta. The name of the parent winery is 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. I've reviewed three wine's by CVNE's main label this month.

This whole month is dedicated to the red wines of Rioja, and three of them are from CVNE's Viña Real. This here is their 2013 Crianza, then I'll do their 2013 Reserva, and then their 2010 Gran Reserva. Because I will be reviewing so many wines this month, I'm going to keep the reviews short and sweet.

The 2013 Crianza is 90% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha, 3% Graciano, and 3% Mazeulo, all from the Rioja Alavesa region of Rioja. After being destemmed, the grapes are placed into stainless steel tanks to ferment as is for ten to twelve days. Once made into wine it's allowed malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, then aged in American oak barrels for thirteen to fourteen months while being racked every five to six months. The wine has a final ABV of 13.3%.

The color of the wine is a dark red with cherry red highlights. There's rather rough oak at the forefront of the nose, followed by aromas of cherries, raspberries and vanilla. It has a medium body and the mouthfeel is kinda flat and characterless. Both the tannin and the acidity are out of sync. There's flavors of cherries, cranberries, and oak.  It finishes flat with watered-down cranberry juice.

Speaking of flat, this Crianza falls rather flat for $15. I know the 2014 is out now, so maybe this guy is past its prime. But for how the 2013 is showing now, it would be better priced at $8 or $10.

Price: $15
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive (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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