Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wine Review: CVNE Viña Real Rioja Reserva 2013

December is A Very Rioja Christmas on TheWineStalker.net!

CVNE Viña Real Rioja Reserva 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. I've already done their 2013 Crianza, now I'm on their 2013 Reserva, and then I'll do 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 Reserva is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazeulo, all from the Rioja Alavesa region of Rioja. After cold maceration, the juice is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Then it's aged in new and second use barrels for twenty-two months, being racked every six months. It's clarified before bottling and has a final ABV of 13.5%.

The color of the wine is that of ruby red in the process of turning into brick. On the nose there's beautiful rose petals, ripe plums, chocolate covered raisins, and dry autumn leaves. Oh yes. Oh yes, this is gonna be good. The first thing that pops up on the palate is its bright and lively acidity. The wine is light to medium bodied with a slippery mouthfeel and fine-grained tannin. There's flavors of plums, black cherries, toasty oak, and dirt. It finishes with tart acidity, black cherries, and mint.

 This is a highly enjoyable Reserva! I love it and recommend it!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $32
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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