Country: Spain Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2010 Colour: Red Style: Dry
CVNE boasts three extremely successful wineries as part of its family: CVNE, Viña Real, and Viñedos del Contino. Speaking from firsthand experience, all three of these wineries produce amazing wines. As mentioned previously, CVNE was founded in 1879 and today still sits on its original site in Haro (Rioja Alta). As mentioned previously, one of the winery's claims to fame (besides its cellar-worthy wines) is the Eiffel Cellar. The Real de Asúa and Imperial wines are made in this cellar. The Viña Real ("Royal Vineyard") winery is located just 10 minutes from Logroño in Elciego and uses the latest technology to produce unique wines of tremendous quality. Finally, Viñedos del Contino was established in 1973, a joint venture between the CVNE and Contino estate owners. Located in Rioja Alavesa, the property boasts some of the oldest Graciano vines.
Ageing Potential: Drink now
The Gran Reserva is an excellent exemple of all the virtues of La Rioja Alta. Mainly Tempranillo and aged in both French and American oak for a year and then allowed another year’s bottle age, the wine has a plummy colour and lifted aromatics of cloves, bay and roasted meats. The palate offers a block of dark fruit, upon which time will chisel a softening, silky balm. A convivial glow is guaranteed.
Food Matches:Casseroles / Lamb / Smoked Fish / Soft Cheese