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C.V.N.E - Cune Rioja Reserva 2012


  • Country: Spain
  • Wine Region: Rioja
  • Wine Area: Rioja Alta
  • Wine Maker: Basilio Izquierdo
  • Grape: Tempranillo
  • Grape Percentage: Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 5%, Mazuelo 5%, Garnacha Tinto 5%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now-2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2011) VS: 91 (2010) WS: 93 (2012) JS: 92 (2012) WE: 89 (2012) TA: 93 (2012) W&S: 93 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Intense ruby red, bright and deep in colour. Rich, deep aromas of bramble, red autumn fruit with a hint of balsamic and warm spices from fine oak. The palate is fine, complex and long, with balanced tannins and an excellent bright finish.

Winery Information


CVNE (Compagna Vinicola del Norte de Espana) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in all of Spain. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, the company has been an integral part of the Rioja region's ascendance in the world of fine wine. With their combination of traditional roots and innovative vision, CVNE has been one of Rioja's most reliable sources for high quality wine. The company is still run by descendants of the Real de Asua brothers, now.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)90 pts

April 2015 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2011 Cune Reserva is mainly Tempranillo with 15% made up of the other red grapes grown in the region, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (Cari?ena). 2011 was a ripe and early harvest, but the wine here shows quite balanced. It has the telltale notes of American oak most consumers are looking for in this classical Riojas, as the wine matured in barrique for 18 months. Dill, vanilla, black cherries and smoky and spicy notes are well married. The palate is velvety, sinewy and polished. All in this is balanced and easy to drink.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010)91 pts

By Josh Raynolds. Bright ruby-red. Fresh red berries and cherry on the fragrant nose, with spice and floral nuances adding complexity. Juicy and focused, delivering good lift to its sappy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. A zesty mineral quality adds cut to the youthfully tannic, fragrant finish, which clings with serious tenacity.

Wine Spectator (2012)93 pts

This sleek red offers cherry, licorice, mineral and smoky flavors that mingle harmoniously over light, firm tannins, driven by lively acidity through the savory finish. Discreet, but shows depth and intensity. Drink now through 2025.

James Suckling (2012)92 pts

Dec 2016 - An intense and ripe nose of black cherries, strawberries and plums with hints of soft spices. Full body, concentrated and juicy tannins and a refreshing, fruity finish. Delicious. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)89 pts

Aromas of road tar and gritty black fruits come around but remain earthy. A chunky, slightly heavy palate is home to spicy, peppery plum and tomato flavors. The finish is lasting, snappy and drawing due to firm tannins and red-fruit acidity. Drink through 2022.

Tim Atkin (2012)93 pts

There was no Imperial made in 2013, which explains why this is such a serious wine in a rain-affected vintage. Blending Tempranillo with Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s a smooth, aromatic, densely textured red showing the stylish oak integration that’s a CVNE hallmark. 2018-28

Wine & Spirits (2012)93 pts

If you love the pleasures of traditional Rioja, you may be as charmed by this wine as I am. It's not flashy or insistent. In fact, it's sort of homely in its simplicity, more about delicacy and finesse than complexity. This starts out on tight red berry scents, builds tension with cool acidity, then adds depth with gentle sweetness, so the wine feels both firm and lush. Kudos to CVNE for one of the most compellingly drinkable 2012s you can find.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand picked from selected vineyards and, following destalking, they were fermented at controlled temperatures between 28 and 30ºC. Following a full malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity, and to round and soften the wine, it was matured for two years in a mixture of French and American oak, with rackings every six months. After bottling, the wine was cellared for a year before release.