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Region: Rioja, Spain
Style: Crianza - Aged for 1 year in oak, then a few months in bottle.
Nose/Taste: Black cherry, plumb, cocoa, vanilla.
Pairings: Mediterranean foods
#41 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buy of 2019
Garnet color with violet notes on the meniscus. In the nose it is surprisingly aromatic specially emphasized the red fruits and licorice in balance with the aromas from the American barrel which reminds us of vanilla and cocoa with some caramel. Its smooth entry into the mouth takes us to a round step with a long, fruity retro-tail. It is a pleasant, fresh and perfect companion wine for all the dishes of the Mediterranean diet.
Berry, spice and tobacco aromas work in unison to give this Crianza a nice start. A firm palate avoids jamminess and shows grip. Dark plum, raspberry, spice and pepper flavors hold on through the finish. For everyday Rioja, there isn’t much better than this.
The red 2016 Cune Crianza is an affordable and classical blend of Tempranillo with some 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo that is easy to drink and understand, with a soft palate and an approachable profile. It has a bright nose with red fruit rather than black, quite aromatic and expressive. The palate is soft and approachable, very easy to drink, with a touch of freshness. They produced a whopping 4.5 million bottles of this! The bottle I tasted was bottled in April 2019 after 12 months in barrique. There are eight different lots of this wine that are bottled throughout the year, for which they try to make the most homogeneous blend possible, but some variation is inevitable. But the overall quality of this year is certainly higher than the previous one.