Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza review from La Rioja Alta, Spain.

I was lucky enough to get to try this sexy, sexy wine while I was visiting the Rioja wine region in Spain during May of 2015.  Sitting at a tapas bar on Calle Laurel in Logroño, I was allowed to sample the Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza.  I’ve found that vintages across the board are surprisingly consistent with similar balance and flavors.  Likely due to the fact that Rioja is a DOCa – one of the most prestigious quality controlled wine growing regions in the world.

The grapes used to produce the Crianza are sourced from the La Rioja Alta region (click for a detailed overview of the La Rioja wine growing region), as well as from other vineyards that are contracted in the area.  The bodega (winery) itself is located in the small town of Nájera in La Rioja.  The bodega itself is relatively new, having been established in just 1999.  That being said, Cuna de Reyes has been pumping out beautiful wine in a very short period of time.

Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza

Cuna de Reyes vines sit within the picturesque region of Rioja Alta in Spain. Image courtesy Cuna de Reyes.

The Cuna de Reyes Crianza is made up of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha and 5% Mazuelo grapes.  The wine is macerated for 14 days with close contact to the grape skins and pips over pumping and spends 10 days in stainless steel containers at  30°C. The Crianza is aged for 12 months in American and French oak barrels.  We recommend you chill this wine to around 61°F (17°C), and decent it for about 10 minutes before serving.  Though decantation is not necessary.

Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza

The Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza sits within stainless steel vats for 10 days. Image courtesy Cuna de Reyes.

Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine shines around the edges with a deep ruby red hue over a plummy black garnet tint with not much translucency.  The nose is full of fresh, inviting black and red tree fruit.  On the opening palate, the velvety consistency of this wine immediately becomes evident, with strong hints of blackberry, plum, and soft tannins over a vanilla custard.  The mid palate stays incredibly well balanced (possibly the best balanced Crianza I tried in Logroño), with subtle limestone minerals, french toast, dragonfruit and vanilla cola.  As the close approaches, the wine brightens a bit with some refreshing acid, ripe plum and black cherry over a medium-long, smooth and rounded finish.  This wine is gorgeous.

Food Pairing the Cuna de Reyes Rioja Crianza

This is a versatile wine.  Try it with any meat or sharp cheese.  I would personally lean towards pulled pork, barbecue pork ribs, lechon, roasted duck or rack of lamb.  I think these styles of meat will evoke and accentuate the sweet and savory flavors of this particular Crianza.

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