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2011 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1331313 95 points James Suckling

 This is very driven and structured with blackberry, stone, floral and mushroom aromas. Full body, firm and polished tannins. Finish goes on for minutes. Needs two or three years of bottle age.  (1/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 A selection from CVNE's vineyards in Alavesa, Viña Real is ripe and chocolate-rich in 2011. Aged in both French and American oak, the influence of the oak is prominent at the moment, but there's plenty of ripe raspberry warmth to fill it. The wine tastes like a savory version of chocolate-dipped raspberries, and it's hard to argue with its deliciousness, especially if there's a seared duck breast nearby.  (7/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A polished texture carries flavors of black cherry, licorice, tea and underbrush in this harmonious red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity give this a balanced structure. Drink now through 2021. (TM)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2017 | Send Email
This beguiling wine is rich, smooth, wonderfully dry and crammed with cherry, raspberry and dark plum fruit. There are hints of cedar, leather, mineral and mushroom embedded in the fine grip of the long finish. A serious and complex wine that is delicious now and has a long life ahead of it.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2017 | Send Email
The 2011 Vina Real Gran Reserva is everything I love about both older Rioja and older wine in general. It's really in a great spot for those who still like supple fruit and a fleshy mouthfeel, but want a bit of evolution and earth in their reds. There's a lovely dark fruit note that blends in seamlessly with the oak, but the wine seems more decadent than it is. It tastes expensive. It's an effortless expression and the price is great.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
This wine has it all, supple fruit, savoriness, and approachability. This Rioja is in a great spot right now, showing supple fruit as well as soft secondary characteristics, and a balance of minerality. This wine is a great example of why I am so drawn to the wines of the region, such elegance and finesse.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
If I could pick the perfect food wine, this one would be pretty much there. An incredible blend of fruit and savory notes lead this bottling to enhance almost anything you choose to pair it with. There is good base structure that is overlayed with deep fruits and slight minerality, which definitely makes this wine approachable now.
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Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
The time in new French and American oak brings a beautiful richness and baking spice to this superb Rioja. A touch of Graciano in the wine adds graceful aromatics and the bit of Mazuelo brings a beautiful deep color and texture to the wine. A great vintage with mellow, integrated tannins and long lasting acidity makes this a wine easily enjoyed now with the expectation of a great tomorrow.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
The Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja from Cvne is crafted with a balance of modernity and tradition in mind. The 2011 is a beautiful expression of that philosophy, with classic aromas of stewed raspberry, red apple skin, dill and spice, but with a pronounced minerality on the palate. A bit lighter and more energetic than you might expect from a Gran Reserva Rioja, this is an elegant, modern interpretation.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
Often times listed as "Cune Vina Real," Vina Real may be under the Cune corporate umbrella, but it functions as its own independent winery (an architecturally award winning one at that) with its own unique fruit contracts in Rioja Alavesa which lend its bright, fruit forward style to the wine across the board. It is also made in smaller quantities than the large sized production of wines such as Cune Crianza, for example. In 2011, the Vina Real GR style is one that I can best refer to as "generosity, defined." As in, the fruit is generous, perhaps even flirting with lush, but clearly defined by a thread of acidity that leads to a wonderfully fresh finish and points towards great drinking for years to come, or at least (conservatively) 7-8 additional years. Savory, meaty notes are only just beginning to emerge, with tell-tale notes of sweet baking spices flirting with the fruit, though ultimately it is the beautiful mixed berry fruit which carries the wine. Expect lots of deliciousness, endless pairing possibilities, and a nicely drawn out drinking window for this fairly priced, iconic Rioja.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2017 | Send Email
This wine stands out in the 2011 vintage with more liveliness and bright fruit than typically seen that growing season. An expansive nose of dark cherries, plum, and dates followed by caramel, oak barrels, and spice notes. The flavor profile on the palate evolves seamlessly with prunes, both dark and red cherries, and strawberries. Cocoa powder flavors play with silky tannins and the aforementioned elevated acidity. This wine is built for the long haul; drinking nicely now but another 4-6 years would put this in a really fun place. Pair with paella; preferably of the fennel sausage and rabbit variety!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2017 | Send Email
Defined primarily by its ripe, luscious fruit profile, this Gran Reserva deserves a decadent meal for accompaniment (perhaps duck breast with a cherry compote). Medium to fuller bodied and rather voluptuous on the palate, it reveals raspberries and cherries, buttery pie crust, cinnamon, cocoa, and a hint of leathery earth, all without ever veering to closely to sweetness.

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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