Red Wine Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2012
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This Cune Imperial Gran Reserva is one of all-time La Rioja's classics. Interestingly, over the last vintages the winery has progressively reduced the use of oak, thus resulting in an even more fresher, nuanced and elegant Spanish red wine.
This Gran reserve red wine is produced from a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, all coming from estate-owned vineyards located in the cooler, higher-altitude zone of La Rioja Alta. As for the 2012 vintage, it was qualified "Very Good" by the DOCa Rioja regulatory board.
Crafted by the prestigious Cvne winery (acronym of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España), the grapes of Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2012 were harvested when they had achieved an optimal ripeness. After a cold-maceration, alcoholic fermentation took place in French and American oak vats, while the malolactic fermentation and the subsequent 24-month ageing period were completed in French and American oak barrels. Finally, the wine was clarified with egg whites and aged for some years in the bottle before its release.
Decant this superb red wine from Rioja 1 hour before drinking.
Great ageing potential.
The red wine Cune Imperial Gran Reserva shows a clean, intense, delightfully mature ruby red colour of medium depth with brick red rim.
Elegance, subtlety and mild intensity. This classic blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo from Rioja exhibits a very seductive balance between ripe berry fruits, hints of liquorice and delightful notes of Jamaica pepper. We also find subtle aromas of oak ageing: delicate notes of cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla and a light touch of cedar wood.
Silky palate full of elegance and freshness. Very gently oaked and nicely textured, with velvety tannins, bright acidity and a good persistence. Earthy notes, dark fruit, withered leaves and a long aftertaste which is neither melancholic nor autumnal, but rather uplifting. Furthermore, this Gran reserve red wine by CVNE shows a great ageing potential.
|Our personal opinion||
The Rioja red wine Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2012 is the perfect wine for a dinner party. Gather a few friends, serve the wine in your best glasses and enjoy it!
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2011:
Enterwine 93. Parker 93. Peñín 92.
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2009:
Enterwine 93. Parker 93. Peñín 91.
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2008:
Peñín 93. Best Regional Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards 2014.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||40-60 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 10%, Mazuelo 5%.|
|Pairings||Aged cheeses, Birds, bluefish, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|