Saturday, January 26, 2019

2015 Cune Rioja Crianza

2015 Cune Rioja Crianza ***...$13.99
Very pretty plum, cherry and hints of cedar. Medium body, with soft tannins and a delicious finish. Shows the real Rioja character. Delicious always. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
The 2015 Cune Crianza is a traditional blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% split between Garnacha and Mazuelo. The wine is sold at unbelievable prices, and 2015 is one of the best vintages in recent times. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts and matured in American oak barrels for one year. They like to keep their house style while also showing the nuances of the year, which is fuller, riper and more balanced than the two previous years. It's approachable, with red fruit intermixed with spices and a creamy touch. The palate is soft and approachable, with fine tannins and lively acidity. It's easy to drink and very good with food. 4.5 million bottles produced.
Rated 89/100 Wine Advocate

Spanish label lesson....
Rioja Joven: less than a year in an oak
Crianza ***: must be aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. 
Rioja Reserva: must be aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. 
Rioja Gran Reserva: must be aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. 

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