2012 Cune Crianza Rioja

SKU #1257823 91 points Wine Spectator

 Cherry and vanilla flavors mingle with leafy and spicy details in this round red. Orange peel acidity, cedar and tobacco notes give this a traditional accent.  (5/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine that is extremely popular in Spain is the 2012 Cune Crianza, the usual Tempranillo-based blend with 15% Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo matured in oak barrels for one year. The nose starts with notes of creamy oak that soon give way to aromas of ripe berries, blackcurrants and plums that are quite spicy and showy (revealing hints from both American and French oak) with a fresh, herbal, raspberry leaf touch. The palate is light to medium-bodied, polished and soft, with unnoticeable tannins and very well-integrated oak. It is easy to drink and to understand by the wide audience. A very good commercial Rioja, it is approachable now, but will also keep. (LG)  (4/2016)

James Suckling

 This is always fresh and fruity with balance plus dried strawberries, cherries and cedar. Full to medium body, light tannins and a clean finish.  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

Cune is one of the oldest of Rioja bodegas. While they boast some of the best of historic, older 20th century vintages, in modern times they continue to produce very solid, traditionally oriented Riojas in two main product ranges: Imperial, which represents only Reservas and Gran Reservas in limited quantities, and their basic Cune line, into which this Crianza falls. Similar to many other successful wine brands, Cune's basic range of wines is made in robust quantities, which makes the consistent quality and value all the more impressive. At under $11, this is a terrific value not only in Rioja, but in any imported red.

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
One of the most reliably delicious and tasty values year in and year out from Rioja. It doesn't get better for weeknight burger wine, or that summertime grill out. Dusty red fruit on the nose, hits of spice an leather that are so indicative of Tempranillo. The palate is fresh and juicy, sweet cherry fruit, cedar and a wonderfully bright finish. Easily one of those wines you look back to and realize you've gone through a case without very much effort at all.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
This Crianza is a splendid value. It's bright and fruity, but also has a slight smokey, cedar box note that I expect from much more expensive Rioja - usually with some age on the bottle. The texture is soft and supple. A great crowd-pleasing option for your next party that requires some serious red.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
Few sub $15 brands as well established and distributed offer as much tastiness, regional typicity and value as does Cune. Red and mixed berry fruits are ripe and tasty, yet balanced by a core of acidity and freshness. This is the quintessential weeknight red, ready to handle any food you throw its way or simply delicious on its own as you throw together a quick snack before dinner. Consider a case - this is a wine that wants to be consumed!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
I just tasted this in a lineup of other Riojas, and was thoroughly impressed by the wine. Despite its low price tag, this wine is well-balanced, elegant and incredibly expressive. I would easily prefer a glass of this to many Reservas of three times the price. Elegant red fruit and polished, fine tannins, with nicely lifted acidity give shape to this lighter-bodied, fresh Crianza. Cune has a good history of excellent wines, and the newest Crianza doesn't disappoint.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14