CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 1996 Front Label
CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 1996 Front Label

CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 1996

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This Rioja rocks. Spicy, complex, and delicious, drinking beautifully now, but can age another 6+ years. A Reserva implies that the wine was aged for a minimum two years in oak and an additional one year in bottle before release. The 1996 Reserva is ruby red with a bright center. There is great intensity and complexity of aroma and a classic nose of strawberries and autumn raspberries. Nice vanilla and toasted aromas from the oak help to create a wine with exceptional elegance. The flavor has superb fruit structure which ensures that the wine will evolve harmoniously over time. The additional aging of the Reserva over a Crianza makes it a better match with steaks and lamb.

"It seduces right from the color, its flavor blares like a mellow jazz trumpet from the center of the taste, ripe and savory with a resonant spice lasting in waves along the top of the tongue. Firm and brisk, this is eminently drinkable; the fact that the flavor lasts for minutes only proves the longevity of the wine itself. Buy enough to revel in it now while saving a number of bottles for more sophisticated pleasures ahead."
-Wine & Spirits

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Cvne, is situated in Rioja in the traditional neighborhood of the station, where the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves, for the main reason of transporting their goods to the port of Bilbao.

In 1879, two brothers decided to set up a business in the recently flourishing trade of the wine business. C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created. This cellar still reflects the origins of the company and is kept in the traditional neighborhood of the Haro station.

The Cune winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling.

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Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.

Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.

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