2009 Cuñe Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1221568 94 points James Suckling

 This is very ripe with dried fruits and dried flowers. Exuberant aromas. Full body, round and silky, chewy tannins. Bright and exciting. Wonderful fruit. Shows tension and beauty. Needs time to soften and little. So gorgeous. Decant two hours in advance.  (7/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, vanilla, mocha and licorice, with a suggestion of pipe tobacco emerging slowly. Sweet, sappy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering suave cherry-vanilla, coconut and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a spicy element. Closes long and smooth, with an emphatic echo of intense red fruit and velvety tannins adding grip. (JR)  (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Tea, underbrush and tobacco notes give this red a traditional, savory character, while fresh cherry and leafy flavors keep this lively. Balanced and graceful, with polished tannins and a floral finish. Drink now through 2022. (TM)  (5/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The top of the Cune range before getting to Imperial is a new wine, born by chance, mostly for the export markets with the aim of offering a classical Gran Reserva at affordable prices. I'm talking about the 2009 Cune Gran Reserva, a red from a warm and dry vintage, saved by some rain in mid-September. A blend of 85% Tempranillo 10%, Graciano and 5% and Mazuelo from vineyards in the Rioja Alta subzone, it shows roasted aromas mixed with notes of black fruit and a touch of leather. It is also already showing some incipient complexity and tertiary notes, so it offers more than just fruit and oak. It undergoes a post-fermentation maceration to extract color and structure before maturing in oak barrels for two years. Nevertheless, the wine is gentle in the palate with the CVNE softness and approachability. A Gran Reserva for a wide audience at very good price for the category. Approachable and able to age. 91+ (LG)  (4/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This opens with leathery aromas of earthy plum and red-berry fruits. It’s medium in body and intensity, with racy, tomatoey acidity. Baked flavors are a bit stalky and echo the nose, while this gran reserva finishes ripe and easy. Drink through 2021. (MS)  (9/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2015 | Send Email
If there is a more accessible, friendly, and yet true to form Rioja Gran Reserva out there for under $30, I have not yet found it! This shows beautiful red fruit flavors - fresh and primary - and just the faintest hint of the savory earthiness that lies ahead, should you choose to cellar this wine. It certainly does not need the extra age, though, as it's impeccably balanced and delivering lots of pleasure at the table.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2015 | Send Email
This wine caught me off guard, but I was both surprised and pleased what I found here. This wine strikes a great balance of fruit, earth, spice, weight, and freshness. For a Gran Reserva, it has surprisingly fresh, bright berry fruits almost akin to a Crianza, but I find that this freshness and vibrancy elevates the earthy and savory notes of the wine, creating a beautiful balance. Here you find all the richness and layers of earth, spice and savor of a Gran Reserva, but a bright freshness that makes this wine stand out by a mile.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
Rioja fans, here's is a classic example of an aged tempranillo that displays softer oak spiced flavors of dried fig and cherry with hints of leather and mocha. The texture is lush with a streak of acidity made to whet your appetite for something deliciously savory. Try a bottle with your favorite cured meat and savor how smooth and easy-drinking this wine really is.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2015 | Send Email
This is a very approachable Gran Reserva that is apt to entice wine drinkers from all over to drink Rioja! There is some earthiness mixed with black fruit on the nose. The palate is incredibly lively, with black cherry and black plum persisting to the long, softly tannic finish. There is plenty of ripeness here for California fans, but the tangy acidity is signature Rioja!

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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 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.
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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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14