Friday, January 25, 2013

Cune 2009 Crianza, Rioja

This red from Spain’s Rioja region is made by Compania Vinícola del Norte de España, better known as 'Cune' ("coo-nay”), one of the leading traditional Rioja producers.
Cune Crianza is well-loved in the Rioja region of Northcentral Spain. It is primarily Tempranillo (80%) with 20% Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo.
In the glass the wine is bright garnet with a purple rim. Cune is light to medium in body.
Crianza must be aged for two years, one of which must be in oak. Cune is fermented in stainless steel. Following malolactic fermentation, it is aged for a year in American oak. For me this created the most pleasing aspect of the wine, a roasted oak foundation. The wine is well balanced with warm red berry flavors.
Cune is a fun and casual sipper that would pair well with a tapas meal, sautéed mushrooms or sausage. For about $10, this is a cool and affordable slice of Rioja.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.
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