1990 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1088294 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Warm, inviting aromas of plum, spice and roasted meat. Silky and spicy in the mouth, with plum and redcurrant flavors complicated by meat and tobacco notes. Gentle but firm acidity gives the wine lovely balance, and the ripe but dry finish offers excellent grip. Distinctly claret-like in weight.  (10/1998)

Wine Spectator

 Harmonious and elegant, this maturing but still firm red shows typical flavors of dried cherry, vanilla, cedar and spice. Well integrated and backed by firm but ripe tannins. Clean and still quite fresh.  (11/1998)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2012 | Send Email
A very pretty wine. Lots of rose petal and cigar box notes. Great evolution in the glass. This is the essence of perfume and elegance.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.