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C.V.N.E. Cune Rioja Reserva 2015  - Invino

C.V.N.E. Cune Rioja Reserva 2015

Other Reds  |  Spain

JS93, WE92, D92
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Setting the standard since 1879, this Reserva is simply gorgeous the moment it lands on your front porch -- smoky, plummy, dark cherries, and spiced with earthy-sweet oak notes and freshness that make it terrifically drinkable. Over the past 15 years, CVNE has gone from strength to strength, making the finest wines in its long history. A classic “food” wine, as well, we love it with something traditional like paella or just a great plate of charcuterie. Simply astounding at this price!

CVNE, an acronym for the winery, dates back to 1879 (!) but by mistake - the 'V' was written as a 'U' which led to the creation of the Cune label. C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España), or CUNE (pronounced COO-nay), has been considered one of the great bodegas not only of Rioja, but of the whole of Spain. Like other early bodegas, CUNE had French connections - to Champagne producers in Reims, as well as to the Cognac house Remy Martin.

The 2015 vintage in Rioja was "outstanding" according to Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media. A warm and dry growing season led to one of the earliest harvests on record, producing wines that are ripe and charming with incredible fruit concentration and structure. The 2015 Cune Rioja Reserva is exactly that, rich and dark but with well-judged acidity (a real accomplishment in 2015) that gives this length, structure and wonderful overall balance. It's hard to believe wine this good can be had for under $20! More reviews are below for reference but please note that we have just 20 cases available.

About the Producer

Since 1879, the C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España), or CUNE (pronounced COO-nay), has been considered one of the great bodegas not only of Rioja, but of the whole of Spain. Like other early bodegas, CUNE had French connections—to Champagne producers in Reims, as well as to the Cognac house Remy Martin.

While originally a negociant, the Real de Asúa brothers soon began acquiring vineyards, recognizing that controlling production from vine to bottle was the path to high quality. And they quickly demonstrated their success, winning numerous medals at the major European exhibitions taking place at that time.


93 James Suckling -
A very fresh and clean wine with plums, dark berries and hints of cedar. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a bright finish. Excellent now, but better in 2020.
92 Wine Enthusiast -
Dry, leathery berry and currant aromas include a note of cheesy oak. On the palate, this Reserva from a ripe vintage feels flush, firmly tannic and well built. Black-plum and dark-cherry flavors finish full and with just a hint of oak character. Drink through 2030
92 Decanter -
The first wine made by family-owned CVNE (founded in 1879) was named after the winery's initials, but a mistake - the 'V' was written as a 'U' - led to the creation of the Cune label. This Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, with 15% Garnacha Tinta, Graciano and Mazuelo, aged for 18 months in French and American oak. There's a savoury edge to the attractive black and red fruit aromas, plus sweet spice from the oak. The layered palate has a silky black fruit attack, spice and leather notes, with medium tannins. Nicely judged oak. A great food wine. Drinking Window 2020 - 2024

  • BlendTempranillo
  • CountrySpain
  • RegionRioja
  • AppellationRioja Alta
  • Alcohol14.5%