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CVNE Pagos de Vina Real 2016

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright, lively cherry red, with subtle hints of youthful violet. Wonderful aromatic intensity, dominated by ripe, dark fruit, sloes and brambles with some woodland berries. There is also a light toasty note with some elegant balsamic undertones from the barrel maturation. It is full and powerful in the palate, with ripe, fine tannins, which will hold the wine in balance for many years. It is complex and full, balanced and elegant, a supreme expression of Tempranillo and Rioja Alavesa.

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
Ripe, earthy berry aromas include spice notes and a hint of animal while forming the passageway to a great wine. A dense palate is tightly built and pure, with layers of ripe berry, plum and oak flavors that are ideally balanced. This is an extremely generous yet impeccably crafted Tempranillo from an outstanding year; drink from 2025–2040.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I hadn't tasted the more modern wine from the Viña Real range for a while, and I was a bit surprised to see that they are already releasing the 2016 Pagos de Viña Real, pure Tempranillo aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. It's quite a bit more classical than what I remember from the previous vintages, with less imprint of the French oak; in fact, it feels like it might have had some American oak, as it has balsamic notes of cigar ash, cold bonfire and incense. It's medium to full-bodied with fine tannins and good grip. This is a lot more elegant and balanced. Modernity and tradition seem to converge.
JS 93
James Suckling
This is a rich and deep red with lots of ripe fruit and chocolate character. A big, ripe red with loads of fruit and hints of spice and coffee. Vanilla, too. Drink or hold.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
This polished red offers flavors of black olive, espresso and truffle, framing a core of kirsch and cranberry notes, and finishing with mineral and spice accents. Exotic, complex and harmonious, with depth and structure. Drink now through 2032.
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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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