1995 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1088319 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Liqueur-like red fruits and tobacco on the nose. Sweet, sappy and dense but brightened by harmonious acidity. Strong, youthfully tight cherry and berry flavors coat the palate. Finishes quite long, with strong but even tannins. A very good showing.  (12/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This red shows depth and complexity, maturing but still fresh. It's generous on the palate, with plum, raisin, cedar and chocolate notes. A true expression of Rioja character. Drink now through 2010. 5,000 cases made.  (11/2002)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2012 | Send Email
Still a baby by most standards. Great extraction and full of complexity, this has rich blackberry fruit, spice box and celeriac notes. The wine goes on and on but a few more years wouldn't hurt.

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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.