Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2013

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Wine Advocate, 91 Points- Cropped from a challenging year, the 2013 Cune Gran Reserva is the classical blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, and it matured in barrique for 24 months followed by 36 months in bottle before being released. They didn't make an Imperial Gran Reserva or even Reserva in 2013, so the best grapes from the challenging 2013 vintage went to this Gran Reserva. It's from a lighter year and perhaps had a softer vinification and a shorter élevage, delivering a gentler Gran Reserva with more fruit. It has an herbal twist that led us to discuss the 1975 Viña Real Gran Reserva, which has a really strong herbal strike. The palate is quite light and is medium-bodied, with mostly resolved tannins and a dry finish.

Cune Gran Reserva is made from grapes selected from the vineyards planted in Rioja Alta. It is characterized by its clay-calcareous soils and a continental climate with Mediterranean influences. The harvest is carried out manually.

In the winery the Cune Gran Reserva grape is destemmed and pressed. It is macerated cold and alcoholic fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature. The ageing takes place over 24 months in American and French oak barrels. It is then refined in the bottle for 36 months.