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Cune Rioja Crianza Review from Haro, La Rioja, Spain
One of the more well known Rioja wines currently on the domestic market, the Cune Rioja Crianza (CVNE) is pieced together in the beautiful and quaint village of Haro within the Rioja wine growing region of Spain. Tempranillo grapes, Garnacha grapes and Mazuelo grapes are harvested from the Rioja sub-region of Rioja Alta. One of two regions from which the CVNE brand harvests their grapes — the other being Rioja Alavesa.
These two sub-regions in particular are ideal for premium quality Tempranillo grapes due to their calcareous (porous lime-stone), clay and alluvial soils which allow the grapes to struggle and become more flavorful. Simultaneously, the grapes receive both Atlantic and Mediterranean style climate influence which offers temperature fluctuation conducive with growing Tempranillo and other classic Rioja varietals such as Garnacha and Mazuelo. Cune harvests their grapes by hand.
Per the regulatory body of La Rioja, any wines coming from the region labeled as a “Crianza” must be aged for a minimum of one year in oak.
The Cune Rioja Crianza is made up of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo. Following an exceptional 2010 vintage and harvest, grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and undergo malolactic fermentation. Following fermentation, the juice is transferred to American Oak Barrels where it is aged for aproximately one year. It’s within these oak casks that the wine begins to round out and exemplify its true expression. Finally, the wine is aged for an additional 6 months in the bottle before distribution.
Cune Rioja Crianza Tasting Notes
In the glass, this Crianza exhibits fine hues of ruby and garnet with moderate translucency. The nose pops with lively aromas of red cherry, cracked red pepper, tobacco and carnation. On the opening palate, we find a light-medium body with red fresh berry and elevated acid, this is backed up by tart cherry and cranberry tones mixed with hints of fig. Towards the mid-palate, additional hints of spice box, cherry and raspberry become evident with some woody nuances. Towards the close, the palate stays bright while tannins remain fairly soft and medium-plus acid stays persistent across the finish. Finish is medium.
Cune Rioja Crianza Food Pairing Recipes & Ideas
Rioja red blends are some of my favorite to pair with food. Their red berry nuances, spice tones, touches of vanilla and elevated acidity make wines like the Cune Rioja a friendly pairing option. Savory meats and sharp cheeses will go best with this wine. Consider braised pork belly or lechon asado (Spanish roasted pork). For cheese, look for aged sharp cheddar or manchego. We’ve also listed out some of our favorite Cune Rioja food pairing recipes below, just click through the links to see the full recipes. Let us know how it goes!
- Cuban Style Grilled Pork Recipe with the Cune Rioja Crianza 2010
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- Chile Rellenos with Tomato and Avocado Salsa
- Moroccan Spiced Lamb OR Chicken Recipe
- Spicy Italian Meatballs
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