Cune Crianza Tinto Rioja ’16
The fermentation of the grapes from our vineyards in Rioja Alta takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in tanks and then the wine is aged in American oak barrels for one year.
During this time, the wine acquires the aromatic balance, finesse and expression that characterizes it. The harvest in 2016 merged as an excellent year determined by the lack of rains from May to October. The year started with a dry warm winter and a rainy spring.
August was slightly warmer than usual and, with no rains, the vegetative cycle was delayed. September arrived with few rains so it was a late but high quality harvest. In CVNE, harvest started the 19th of September and ended on October 31st.
A note about Crianza wines from Rioja:
To be labeled a Crianza, requires a minimum of one year in barrel and six months in bottle. For white wines, the minimum period in barrel/cask is 6 months.
Crianza is perhaps the most well distributed Rioja wine throughout the world but don’t let its accessibility and approachable price point (typically ~$12-16/bottle) dissuade into thinking this is anything but a high-quality wine. Much the opposite in fact. It’s our opinion that Crianza is pound for pound, dollar for dollar, one of the greatest wines made – not too different than your quality Côte du Rhône or Provençal rosé. Most Crianza is aged in used oak which softens the fruit tannins without adding a lot of vanilla and oak tannin to the end wine. Crianza is a very high-quality “Wednesday” wine. It’s not too heavy, but with Tempranillo’s natural high tannin and acidity it has quite a bit more punch and character than your average wine.
About the Winery
CVNE is one of the most important wine producers of Spain, on account of its illustrious history and its omnipresence in the contemporary Spanish wine scene. Founded by the Real de Asua brothers in 1879, it remains family-owned and family-run, with the latest generation committed more than ever to making great wine in meaningful quantities. Today it still sits on its original site in the wine district, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta.
The Haro winery comprises a collection of structures and cellars, most dating from the 19th century, arranged around a central patio. Above the cellars are the winemaking, bottling, and shipping facilities, conserved to this day.
With the time, a serial number of structures have been built, which reflect the vinicole history of the winery. The Eiffel ‘s Cellar, designed by the architecture practice of the legendary Alexandre – Gustave Eiffel; El Carmen the first vinification plant made out of epoxy lined concrete, in Spain and El Pilar, the first vinification plant to use the gravity to transport the grapes and must in our country.
At Cune, the winemaking process continues with the same dedication and care as it started in the company’s early days. And care is taken from start to finish, from the grape on the vine to the wine in its bottle.