Style: Dry, Full Bodied
Practice: Sustainable, Vegan
Cune Reserva Tinto Rioja ’15
The grape were hand picked from select vineyards and following destalking, they were fermented at low, controlled temperatures. Following a full malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity, and to round and soften the wine, it was matured for eighteen months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels, with rackings every six months.
After bottling, the wine was cellared fro a year before being released. The 2014 harvest exceeds the previous two vintages in terms of abundance. During the year, the weather was favorable resulting in a vegetative cycle that allows for a good vintage. The summer months, and again at harvest time have been marked by more rain than expected.
Again preventive treatments performed in our vineyards, such as thinning clusters and de-leafing have allowed us to obtain a high quality harvest, which began on the 23rd of September, and wrapped up on the 22nd of October.
Reserva designates select wines of the best vintages with an excellent potential that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in cask. For white wines, the minimum aging period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.
Reserva wines are often where Rioja winemakers receive their very best marks. Winemakers typically age their very best wine, longer than the minimum required; using better grapes than what you’d find in Crianza. Many Rioja wine enthusiasts swear by the Reserva level because they are a happy middle ground between lighter, fruitier Crianza and oaky, longer bottle aged Gran Reserva wines.
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.