1966 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja (Pre-Arrival)

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CVNE (Compañía Vitivinicola del Norte de España) is one of the 19th century founded stalwarts of Rioja. The Imperial Gran Reserva is their very top bottling. These are incredible - and incredibly long lived - wines. Particularly prior to Rioja's vineyard expansion in the mid 1970's, older bottlings of Cune are increasingly rare but when they are on....let's just say there are few experiences in long aged red wines which are as great as the Imperial bottlings from Cune. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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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 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 (%): 12