Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wine Review: Cune Rioja Crianza 2016


Even though October is #MerlotMe month, and I have plenty of Merlot being featured as quickies, Spain dominates the full reviews on the website this month. Starting with Cune Rioja Crianza 2016, then René Barbier's Com Tu 2016, Vińa Real Crianza 2016, and Vińa Lanciano Rioja Reserva 2102.

This winery goes by both CVNE and Cune, Cune being a label 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.

The 2016 Rioja Crianza is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. My tech sheet is entirely in Spanish and I failed Spanish every single year in school and I have no idea what the hell is going on right now. But the tipo de bitella is bordelesa! That's cool, right? RIGHT? Somebody please tell me that's all right!

The color of the wine is blood red. On the nose there's loud aromas of black cherries, strawberries, mocha, vanilla, and a few little pieces of mushroom. It's definitely a nose that isn't going to make you sit and analyze the crap out of it and obsess about it, but it's good for some quick whiffing while you drink it. On the palate it's medium bodied with grainy tannin and bright acidity. There's flavors of plums, cherries, vanilla, and oak. It's not complex, but also not bad. And I like the finish that seems to have a bit of a savoriness to it.

This is a reliable $13 bottle of Rioja that is widely available, and it will do you good as an inexpensive vino on a Wednesday night with pizza.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $13
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

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



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