Cune Rioja Crianza 2016


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What is it? This is traditional, barrel-aged red Rioja from a prestigious producer. It's entirely from great vineyards in the famed Rioja Alta section of Spain’s Rioja DOCa region. It’s also from the 95 point Rioja vintage that, per Wine Advocate, is tied with 2004 and 2010 as the best vintages in 50 years! A classic Rioja with 85% tempranillo and 15% garnacha and mazuelo, it was aged for 12 months in American oak barrels. It’s already earned at least three 90 point ratings in major publication as well as multiple “Best Buy” mentions. Order today for as little as $11.99 per bottle. ABV is 13.5%.

What does it taste like? The 2016 Cune has pure and deep ruby red color and classic Rioja aromas that bring to mind flowers, cherries, berries, spiced plums, licorice, and cocoa. Loaded with dark fruit, it’s made more savory and luxurious by aging in American oak barrels. The palate is velvet-textured with ripe round tannins. Enjoy the deep fruit and spice flavors and the subtle citrus rind acidity as the flavors linger for a long finish.

Is it right for you? With classic style and excellent quality, this is a wine that over-delivers substantially. I don’t know of another wine that can be had for $11.99 per bottle that’s earned 90 point reviews from all three top publications—Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast. This classic Rioja Crianza will appeal to any Spanish wine fan as well as anyone that enjoys medium- to full-bodied reds with savory complexity and style. The quality/price ratio is tremendous, so it will also appeal to bargain-hunters.

Is it ready to drink? This estate-grown, barrel-aged, 2016 Rioja Crianza is already expressive, complex, and elegantly textured. It is ready to serve this winter with roasted meats or robust stews. You can also age it until it is a decade old with good storage.