2004 Cune "Real de Asúa" Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Real De Asua Gran Reserva is 100% Tempranillo exhibiting a deep purple color along with superb aromatics including violets, spice box, cinnamon, cassis, and black cherry. It conceals enough structure to evolve for another 6-8 years and will proffer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2029. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% Tempranillo): Bright, saturated ruby. Exotic, highly aromatic bouquet of black fruits, cherry compote, incense and licorice. Sappy and expansive, offering deeply pitched, spicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, silky texture and ripe, harmonious tannins. A floral quality builds on the long, very sweet finish, which strongly repeats the cherry and spice flavors. This shows impressive freshness and energy for a vintage that produced many ripe and massive but rather inelegant wines.
* Editors' Choice * Initial molasses, raisin and maple aromas indicate heavy ripeness, but in the mouth this is refined and lifted, with fine acidity that pumps everything up a notch. Flavors of plum, herbs, spice and vanilla end with tobacco, lasting acidity and complexity. Drink this classic Rioja now through 2018.
Focused and harmonious, this traditional red offers plum, black cherry, tobacco and cedar notes, joined by smooth tannins and good acidity. This shows good grip, while opening nicely into spice and cigar box notes on the finish. (TM)
This region is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean's climate, and the vineyards grow on soils that are rich in iron, limestone, clay, and other nutrients deposited in the region by the tributaries of the Ebro River. The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards located in Villalba and Haro. During harvest a first selection of grapes was made in the vineyard, and a second at the winery. Following the selection process a five week controlled temperature fermentation took place in oak vats, with carefully monitored pumping over and submersion of the cap. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was left to age in barrel for 18 months before bottling. Dark blackish crimson. Tight and bound up but with blackberry fruit and definite sweetness. Should be exciting eventually. 17/20 points. Drink to 2025. (JR)