2010 Cune Crianza Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 CUNE Crianza, in a similar fashion to its 2011 sibling, is extremely aromatic, with clean raspberry aromas and the benefit of one more year in bottle, which provided it with some more complexity in the form of dried roses and sweet spice notes. The palate is velvety, really easy to drink, with clean flavors and good persistence. I liked it better than the 2011. It's superb for its price tag! CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. (LG)
Coffee and tobacco notes frame the flavors of plum and light earth in this savory red, which offers a polished texture, with grip and freshness.
We have enjoyed many vintages of Cune Imperial, along with their sister winery Viña Real, over the years. While the basic Cune bottlings have been decent, we have not been as excited about them in the past. That said, with the winery improving their high end as well as their workhorse wines, and benefitting from the very strong 2010 vintage, we could not pass this one up. Bright red fruit flavors, given some time to open up, also lead to classic sweet, spicy Rioja savory tones. Very easy to drink!