Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wine Review: CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

December is A Very Rioja Christmas on TheWineStalker.net!

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

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. I've already reviewed their 2014 Crianza and their 2013 Reserva, and now I'm onto their 2011 Gran ReservaBecause I will be reviewing so many wines this month, I'm going to keep the reviews short and sweet.

The 2011 Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo; all from the Rioja Alta region of Rioja. It saw two years of aging in French and American oak, and then three years of bottle aging before release.

The color of the wine is ruby red that's just starting to head into the direction of brick. Black licorice dominates the nose, and it's backed up with blackberries, autumn leaves, and a beautiful barnyard stank. It's full to medium bodied with a cranberry-juice-like mouthfeel, astringent tannin and a tart acidity. There's flavors of cassis, blackberries, dried tobacco, and dirt. It finishes with that astringent tannin and flavors of cranberries and dried tobacco.

I would have no issues with this if I had dropped the $33 to buy it, but it also wouldn't really be a memorable purchase. So it's good... but I would suggest that you spend $5 less and get their 2013 Reserva, which is phenomenal.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $33
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)


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