The historic Rioja producer of CVNE, known for its over-performing reds with a traditional edge, has done it again with the 2016 Crianza from their Vina Real property. They have masterfully crafted another gem that drinks well above its price point. I have always been a big fan of CVNE’s Vina Real wines as they provide a rare, silky elegance that other Rioja producers aspire to obtain.
CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in all of Spain. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, the company has been an integral part of the Rioja region’s ascendance in the world of fine wine. With their combination of traditional roots and rigorous standards, CVNE has been one of the most reliable sources for high-quality Rioja. The company is still run by the Real de Asúa family, now the fifth generation to operate the winery. CVNE is comprised of three separate bodegas (or wineries): Cune, Viña Real, and Contino, and each of the estates has its own distinct terroir and produces a distinct style of wine.
Just a note on the name: CVNE is referred to by the acronym “CUNE”. Apparently, back when the winery was first established, a printer’s error spelled the initials with a “u” on a printing run of documents, and the inadvertent result stuck as the shorthand nickname for the company.
CVNE 'Vina Real' Crianza Rioja 2016
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $12.97
91 pts Wine Advocate
Fermented destemmed in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in French and American oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five or six months. It's expressive, deliciously aromatic, floral and elegant, reflecting a cool year that delivered fresh wines that seem to be very approachable early on. 2016 is a pretty vintage, but this wine is not banal; it has depth and complexity that's remarkable for the price point. The palate is fresh and balanced, with fine tannins