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C.V.N.E - Vina Real Gran Reserva 2010


  • Country: Spain
  • Wine Region: Rioja
  • Wine Area: Rioja Alavesa
  • Wine Maker: Basilio Izquierdo
  • Grape: Tempranillo
  • Grape Percentage: 95% tempranillo, 5% Graciano
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.7%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2015-2030
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 94 (2010) VS: 94 (2009) WS: 90 (2010) WE: 92 (2010) TA: 95 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits an alluring bouquet (earth notes, background oak, Asian spices, a hint of balsamic, roasted herbs, lavender, black cherry, and blackberry) that is given added complexity from the extended bottle aging. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it still has a bit of ripe tannin to resolve, plenty of spicy red and black fruits, impeccable balance, and 5-7 more years of aging potential.

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 (2010)94 pts

Aug 2016 - Reviewer : Luis Gutierrez - I was waiting to compare the 2010 Viña Real Gran Reserva with the Imperial Gran Reserva from that same vintage, as the comparison promised to be fascinating. This red blend from the Alavesa part of Rioja produced in its own winery is 95% Tempranillo and the rest Graciano; it fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrel for two years. The wine shows superb balance and harmony, with very subtle aromas of spices and flowers. It is one of those noses that make you go back to the wine over and over again, as it developed subtle nuances every time you smelled it. The palate feels a bit light compared with the Contino, which has more clout. I was going back and forth and at the end, I believe the three have a very similar quality level; what's best is that each has its own style and personality.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)94 pts

Nov 2015 - Brilliant ruby. Deeply pitched cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant, dried rose and smoky Indian spices on the nose. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors with suggestions of floral pastilles and mocha. Shows a deft blend of concentration, energy and power, with a spine of gentle acidity providing lift and vivacity. Finishes very long and sappy, with repeating cherry and spice character and smooth, slow-building tannins that come on late. This wine was aged for two years in new American oak. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2010)90 pts

This lively, supple red delivers dried cherry, licorice, tea and spicy flavors, supported by light tannins and orange peel acidity. Not muscular, but energetic and focused.

Wine Enthusiast (2010)92 pts

Cellar Selection - This is a young but excellent gran reserva, so it's gritty-smelling in its youth, with aromas of blackberry and cassis. Racy acidity pushes the focus on the palate towards the upper tier, while flavors of lactic oak, lemon peel, tobacco and mocha share the stage with plum and berry fruit. Finishing flavors of vanilla and raw oak are supported by good acidity and just enough pulp. Drink through 2030.

Tim Atkin (2010)95 pts

Essence of the Rioja Alavesa, this cuvée of Tempranillo with 5% Graciano is floral, spicy and peppery with abundant perfume, fine-grained tannins, very pure blackberry and black cherry flavours, refined oak and palate-cleansing acidity. 2017-30

Vinification Notes

Made from a meticulous selection of our best grapes in the Rioja Alavesa subzone. Fermentation was carried out at controlled temperatures in stainless steel vats, with regular pumping over and cap submersions to extract optimum colour. Malolactic fermentation followed, in a mixture of american and french oak casks, and the wine was then matured, with regular rackings to fine and stabilize the wine naturally. Once cask ageing was complete, the wine was lightly fined using egg whites to give the fine its finished silky texture and shine. Once in bottle the wine has continued to evolve in elegance and finesse which are typical of this style.