CVNE Monopole Clasico 2017
#83 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020
Straw yellow color with slight golden tonalities. On the nose it’s a complex wine, we do not only find fruits such a pear, apple, white currant and white flowers but also dried fruits and spicy. On the palate we have salinity and an elegant acidity which provide freshness.
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This is so much fun and one of my favorite whites from Spain. Medium to full body. Nutty and creamy with ripe peach and pine, but always the light, Sherry-cask undertone. Honey and dried fruit at the end. Drink now.
A recreation of a classic white that blends Viura with 12% Manzanilla and is aged in 300 to 500-litre Sherry casks. Wonderfully original, this is salty, yeasty and fresh, nodding towards the Jura as well as Sanlúcar de Barrameda in style to produce a unique, unfortified white in Rioja. 2020-24
Aromas of lightly oxidized and stalky white fruits open this white Rioja. A full and complex palate is supported by core acidity, while this Viura based classic tastes salty and woody, with apple, leesy yeast and dry oak notes driving a smooth finish. This contains some Manzanilla Sherry in an ode to how the wine was made 75 years ago. Drink through 2024.
The fourth release of the white that follows the classical recipe is the 2017 Monopole Clásico, a white Rioja with a Jerez spirit, produced with early-picked grapes in the warmer 2017 to preserve aromas and freshness. It fermented in stainless steel and was transferred to used barriques and sherry casks with lees for its élevage for eight months. The palate is tasty, with a very pleasant bitter twist in the finish and the textbook salinity and the chalkiness from both places. Fresh for the vintage.
Bright straw-gold. Dried lemon zest, pear skin, jasmine and hints of chamomile and toasted nuts on the saline-inflected nose. Tight, chewy and dry on the palate, offering pear nectar, lemon curd and sweet butter flavors that show an intriguing oxidative quality. Finishes very long and spicy, with repeating pear and floral notes and a smoky nuance making a late appearance. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
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.
Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is 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 and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.
Fresh and fruity Rioja wines labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged for one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two, but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.
Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.
White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.
Commonly found as a single varietal white or blended with Malavasia and Grenache Blanc, Viura is a vital, leading white grape of Rioja. It also thrives in the lower elevations of the Penedes, where it takes the name Macabeo and adds aromatic and fruity notes to the traditional Cava blend with Parellada and Xarel-lo. Somm Secret—Called Macabeu in France, this versatile grape is prevalent in Roussillon where it makes still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines.