1979 Cune Reserva Rioja

SKU #1089470

If you love Rioja but have yet to have a Cune Imperial, then you owe it to yourself to give this one a try. Founded in 1879, this family-owned winery is currently run by the 5th generation, who continue to invest in improving their wines, while staying true to their winemaking heritage and traditions. The Reserva is a classically styled Rioja, very much alive and drinking beautifully now.

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Price: $169.99

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2012  | Send Email
This has balanced itself out nicely. Still concentrated on the palate, there are wonderful dark fruit flavors here. Beautifully silky mouthfeel, it is drinking at its peak but still has enough power to go for quite some time.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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 Penčdes 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja