2015 Cune Crianza Rioja

SKU #1331308 90 points James Suckling

 A fresh and easy Rioja that shows plum and cherry character. Hints of cream. Mushroom, too. Medium body, low tannins and a crisp finish. Delicious now.  (7/2017)

John Gilman

 The 2014 Crianza from Cuné is an excellent young bottle of Rioja, with the generosity to drink well in its youth, but also the depth and balance to age quite gracefully. The bright and classic bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of cherries, raspberries, Rioja spice tones, a fine base of soil, a hint of celery seed and a deft framing of spicy American oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and nicely transparent, with a good core, moderate tannins, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the long finish. This is really good already, but will be better when it has a bit more bottle age. It is a lovely value! (Drink between 2017-2040)  (1/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I caught the 2014 Cune Crianza a couple of months before they started bottling it, but I wanted to preview it. It's a light and red fruit-driven Crianza matured in oak barrels for one year. This is the canonical blend of 85 % Tempranillo and 15% between Garnacha and Mazuelo. The wine aims for some consistency across vintages, as its drinkers do not want a lot of surprises. 2014 was a cooler year, but as the grapes took more time to ripen, perhaps they got slightly riper; it shows aromas of damsons and very ripe plums with hints of raisins (LG)  (8/2016)

Vinous

 Deep ruby. Smoke-tinged cherry and floral scents show good clarity and spicy lift. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red currant and vanilla flavors that deepen slowly and pick up a peppery element as the wine opens up. Fruit-driven and approachable, with a smooth, gently tannic finish that echoes the cherry and spice notes. (JR)  (5/2017)

Wine Spectator

 This firm red shows black cherry, plum, toast and tar notes, with light but assertive tannins that give way to a fresh and juicy finish. Drink now through 2022. (TM)  (4/2017)

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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Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
Cune is one of the oldest Bodegas in Rioja, so its safe to say they make great wine. This Crianza is awesome! The thing that stood out most to me about his wine was the balance. The nose had a nice ripe raspberry characteristic, and a nice aroma of earth and spice. This is a great food wine, with medium body and great acidity.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
Spice, structure, lively acidity and fruit are jammed packed into this awesome, unbeatabley priced Crianza. It begins with a lively nose and characters of fresh blackberries and cherries then leads you into the soft spice and well integrated structure. Complex, approachable and delicious.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
For value seekers, Rioja continues to be fertile ground to find great deals at every price point. Cune Crianza has definitely become one of these values in the Rioja under $12 category. They have applied extra attention to this fairly ubiquitous (in Spain, that is) bottling over the past 5 years, and it clearly shows in the quality of the wine. Supple, red fruited, very easy drinking, this functions perfectly as everyday house red or party wine, with the added bonus of some undeniable, unique regional style points - tough to get in such an inexpensive commercial production many other places in the world.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2017 | Send Email
An easy-going, tasty Crianza. Initial aromas of red cherries and plum, along with a bouquet of herbs, dust, and cedar. On the palate, a pleasant and lively elevated acidity, along with flavors of both dried and ripe cherries. Some plum and vanilla on the finish. A quintessential wine pairing with a plethora of various tapas choices; think Serrano ham or Manchego cheese

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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.
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

Alcohol Content (%): 14