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    • Wine Spectator

      2011 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 87

      Fresh and clean, this lively red offers cherry, red plum, licorice and vanilla flavors, with notes of herb and smoke. Light tannins and lively acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2018. 10,000 cases imported. TM

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      The 2011 CUNE Crianza jumps out of the glass with pure raspberry aromas and has a very fresh palate, with perfectly integrated oak and fine tannins. Highly drinkable, text-book Crianza at a very good price. You can drink it now to enjoy its fruity exuberance, but it should develop for a few years in bottle. Very good value. Drink 2014-2018. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 92

      Tea, underbrush and tobacco notes give this red a traditional, savory character, while fresh cherry and leafy flavors keep this lively. Balanced and graceful, with polished tannins and a floral finish. Drink now through 2022. 600 cases imported. T.M

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2015): 91

      This opens with leathery aromas of earthy plum and red-berry fruits. It’s medium in body and intensity, with racy, tomatoey acidity. Baked flavors are a bit stalky and echo the nose, while this gran reserva finishes ripe and easy. Drink through 2021. Europvin USA.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 87

      Cherry, licorice, underbrush and spice flavors mingle in this fresh red. Light tannins and gentle acidity give this modest structure. Balanced and lively. Drink now through 2018. 600 cases imported. TM

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 91

      The 2010 CUNE Reserva displays a nice bright cherry color and a clean, elegant nose of red fruits. It might be a little backward and require some coaxing to reveal its personality. The medium-bodied palate is quite complete, the tannins are well-coated by the fruit, and it ends with good length and clean flavors. A textbook Reserva. Drink 2014-2019. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GARNACHA
      Wine Enthusiast (2015): 91

      Bright cherry and currant aromas are offset by Garnacha’s patented raisiny quality on this piercing, firm wine from one of Rioja’s masters of that style. Acidity is ramped up, giving a citric essence to the palate, while tart, punchy red-plum and currant flavors finish a bit sharp and pointy. Drink this food-friendly, racy wine through 2020.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GARNACHA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 92

      Opaque ruby. Heady, spice-accented aromas of red fruit preserves, cola, licorice and rose oil, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a bracing jolt of tangy acidity. Fleshes out with air and finishes smooth and long, with just a hint of dusty tannins. Has the structure to suggest that come cellar time would be rewarded but this wine is showing plenty of complexity and upfront appeal now.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO, VINA DEL OLIVO
      Wine Enthusiast (2015): 92

      Initial oaky aromas of dried cheese, coffee grinds, lemon peel and vanilla welcome in plum and other red-berry scents. This rings loudly across the palate, with punchy acidity attributable to the Graciano in this Tempranillo-led blend. Flavors of tomato, raspberry, dried Manchego cheese and vanilla finish savory, long and fresh, with elegance. Drink 2017-2026. Europvin USA. Cellar Selection.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, REAL DE ASUA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 91

      Floral, spice and cola notes accent the core of ripe plum and blackberry fruit in this dense red. Well-integrated tannins give this structure, retaining enough acidity to stay balanced. In the modern style. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases imported. TM

    • Wine Spectator

      2011 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 88

      This supple red exhibits bright cherry, berry and floral flavors that are amplified by crisp acidity and backed by leafy and vanilla accents. A fresh version, with light tannins and a spicy finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases made. TM

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 92

      Smoky and earthy notes give this firm red an austere character, but cherry, licorice and tobacco flavors shine through the firm tannins and lead to a juicy, floral finish. Shows balance and depth. Best from 2016 through 2022. 600 cases imported. TM

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2015): 1989

      This is austere on the nose, with a strong animal note riding along. The palate is both jammy and tannic, while flavors of plum and boysenberry turn raisiny as it breathes. A thick, loamy finish tastes baked and jammy, with brawny tannins. This may benefit from more time in bottle. Europvin USA.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 92

      Bright ruby-red. High-pitched red fruit and floral scents show very good clarity, picking up cured tobacco, vanilla and spicecake nuances with aeration. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that are given spine by tangy acidity. Closes spicy and long, with smooth tannins coming in late and adding gentle grip. Very nicely balanced and just now entering what should be a long drinking window.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 91

      The 2007 CUNE Gran Reserva is a wine produced mainly for the export markets, and I’ve never encountered it in Spain. It feels very young and in need of time as it only hints at the notes of smoked meat, leather and incense over a good layer of fresh fruit and a balanced medium-bodied palate. Drink 2015-2020. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      A plush texture carries the focused flavors of plum, licorice, smoke, underbrush and toasted spice in this version, showing a pleasant balance of fruit and savory details. Fresh acidity leads to a floral finish. Drink now through 2019.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Berry and plum aromas are clean and true for Rioja, with notes of fall leaves and earth. A juicy, taut palate features earthy flavors of plum and berry, while loam and a touch of ripe raisin add weight and flavor to the finish.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 91

      (mostly tempranillo; aged for one year in a combination of French and American oak): Bright ruby-red. Sexy red fruits, oak spices and floral oils on the nose. Sweet, deep cherry-vanilla and black raspberry flavors are lifted by juicy acidity and become more energetic with air, picking up a smoky nuance that carries through a smooth, gently tannic finish. Texture-wise this wine is very appealing now, but I'd opt to give it some cellar time to allow the oak to get to know the fruit a little better.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, CONTINO BLANCO
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 87

      Now they are releasing the 2011 Blanco a blend of 80% Viura, 15% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasia Riojana that had some skin contact before starting fermentation in stainless steel tanks, ending the alcoholic fermentation in new 350- and 500-liter French oak barrels where it stayed in contact with its lees with battonage twice a week for 6-7 months. Malolactic fermentation is prevented to keep the freshness. It was bottled in July 2012. Quite pale-colored, with an oaky nose accented by notes of flowers and white fruit, it’s austere and has some tannin in the palate. I’d love to see if this develops complexity in the bottle. Drink 2014-2018. Contino is not a brand name from CVNE, it’s a completely separate winery and vineyard in Laserna in the municipality of Laguardia in Rioja Alvesa created as a joint-venture with the owners of a superb vineyard, house and old caves in a meander of the Ebro river in 1973. It is considered the first chateau style winery in Rioja. All their wines are produced with their own grapes sourced from the 63 hectares of vineyards within their San Rafael estate. The style is terroir-driven, classical-modern. In 2013 they suffered a terrible hail storm on September 6, so we’ll see little Contino from the 2013 vintage. They just started experimenting with white in 2006 and they have only sold a couple of vintages. The Vina del Olivo was not ready with the new vintage (2010) so I quickly tasted the 2009, which showed extremely fresh and Atlantic for a powerful vintage, a highly drinkable wine which is already reviewed and available on the database.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Judged against other modern, very ripe 2009 Rioja wines, this Graciano is austere. Minerally, gritty black-fruit aromas give way to a juicy, hard-driving, high-acid palate, with salty, roasted black-fruit flavors. A shearing finish with saline notes and zesty acidity is what you get from this single-vineyard varietal wine.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 92

      The 2007 Graciano follows the tradition of the very first varietal Graciano ever bottled, the 1994 Contino Graciano, of which a grand total of 1,000 bottles were filled. However 2007’s weather was not as gentle as that of 1994, and in 2007 the Graciano was harvested late for the variety (end of September), fermented in a 100-hectoliter French oak vat, transferred for malolactic to new barriques and then aged in new barrels, 90% French oak and 10% Hungarian oak, for 15 months, and one year in bottle. It was a very cold year and the wine is even more Atlantic than the norm, with an austere profile, citric acidity, and notes of aromatic herbs and spices. This is a light vintage for Contino Graciano. 3,846 bottles were produced in 2007. Drink 2014-2020. Contino is not a brand name from CVNE, it’s a completely separate winery and vineyard in Laserna in the municipality of Laguardia in Rioja Alvesa created as a joint-venture with the owners of a superb vineyard, house and old caves in a meander of the Ebro river in 1973. It is considered the first chateau style winery in Rioja. All their wines are produced with their own grapes sourced from the 63 hectares of vineyards within their San Rafael estate. The style is terroir-driven, classical-modern. In 2013 they suffered a terrible hail storm on September 6, so we’ll see little Contino from the 2013 vintage. They just started experimenting with white in 2006 and they have only sold a couple of vintages. The Vina del Olivo was not ready with the new vintage (2010) so I quickly tasted the 2009, which showed extremely fresh and Atlantic for a powerful vintage, a highly drinkable wine which is already reviewed and available on the database

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 93

      Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed, exotic bouquet of black and blue fruits, candied licorice, mocha and violet, with a slow-building note of vanilla bean. Sweet, expansive and energetic, offering powerful, chewy dark fruit flavors that possess impressive depth. Anise and smoky herb notes build with air and carry through a long, sweet, fruit-dominated finish. Quite impressive but this deserves patience.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 93

      The 2007 Contino Graciano (240 cases produced), from a late ripening year, was aged in a mix of new French and Hungarian barriques for 15 months. It is purple-colored with a nose of smoke, underbrush, anise, Asian spices, cassis, eucalyptus, and blackberry. Medium-bodied and bright on the palate, it reveals an elegant personality, savory flavors, excellent balance, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Drink it from 2016 to 2032.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93

      They started making small quantities of Gran Reserva in 1996, a wine halfway between tradition and modernity. The 2007 Gran Reserva is produced with over 60-year-old, destemmed Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats without epoxy coating. At every harvest, the inside of the vats are painted three times with tartaric acid before the grapes arrive, like in the good old days. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrel where it stayed for three years. The wine, only bottled in magnum (and bigger sizes), also rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. It’s an elegant, clean wine, taking the best of the modern and traditional schools, and it’s both fresh and sweet, very drinkable, with good acidity and very elegant tannins. They try to always have 15% of fresh varieties like Graciano or Garnacha in the blend. This is developing aromas of sweet spices and has a clean, delineated acidity. It should age superbly. Drink 2015-2020. Contino is not a brand name from CVNE, it’s a completely separate winery and vineyard in Laserna in the municipality of Laguardia in Rioja Alvesa created as a joint-venture with the owners of a superb vineyard, house and old caves in a meander of the Ebro river in 1973. It is considered the first chateau style winery in Rioja. All their wines are produced with their own grapes sourced from the 63 hectares of vineyards within their San Rafael estate. The style is terroir-driven, classical-modern. In 2013 they suffered a terrible hail storm on September 6, so we’ll see little Contino from the 2013 vintage. They just started experimenting with white in 2006 and they have only sold a couple of vintages. The Vina del Olivo was not ready with the new vintage (2010) so I quickly tasted the 2009, which showed extremely fresh and Atlantic for a powerful vintage, a highly drinkable wine which is already reviewed and available on the database

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRAN RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 92

      (bottled exclusively in magnums): Deep ruby. Heady, expansive aromas of cherry and dark berry preserves, incense and potpourri, with notes of spicecake and smoky minerals adding complexity. Sappy, palate-staining cherry-vanilla and boysenberry flavors boast superb concentration and pick up a sexy floral pastille nuance with air. Complex, focused and energetic Rioja with superb finishing clarity and gentle tannic grip. A real success for the vintage; I'll bet that this will age gracefully.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 91

      The 2008 Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% between Mazuelo and Garnacha, inox fermented and aged in used oak barrels of which 40% were made of American wood and the rest were French. 2008 was a challenging vintage and they didn’t produce many of the special wines that year, so the best fruit went towards the Reserva. It has a very lactic, sweet nose, with notes of orange rind and cherries. As Contino is a warm vineyard, the cold years make for quite balanced wines, and this 2008 has good acidity, not terribly complex, but clean with a slight herbaceous touch. Fine-grained tannins and acidity will make it age gracefully. 254,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2023. Contino is not a brand name from CVNE, it’s a completely separate winery and vineyard in Laserna in the municipality of Laguardia in Rioja Alvesa created as a joint-venture with the owners of a superb vineyard, house and old caves in a meander of the Ebro river in 1973. It is considered the first chateau style winery in Rioja. All their wines are produced with their own grapes sourced from the 63 hectares of vineyards within their San Rafael estate. The style is terroir-driven, classical-modern. In 2013 they suffered a terrible hail storm on September 6, so we’ll see little Contino from the 2013 vintage. They just started experimenting with white in 2006 and they have only sold a couple of vintages. The Vina del Olivo was not ready with the new vintage (2010) so I quickly tasted the 2009, which showed extremely fresh and Atlantic for a powerful vintage, a highly drinkable wine which is already reviewed and available on the database.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Despite heavy aromas of baked berry, prune and raisin, this is solid on the palate, with a firm grip. Flavors of earthy plum, tomato, red currant and herbs finish pure, tight and persistent. The more this breathes and expands, the more character it shows. Drink through 2018.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 91

      Saturated ruby. Intense aromas of dark berries, cherry pit, minerals and flowers, complicated by a sexy vanilla nuance. The palate offers sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that put on weight with air. Expands nicely in the glass, picking up floral pastille and spicecake qualities that carry through a smooth, gently tannic finish. Drinks very well now with some decanting, but this wine has the balance to age.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91

      The just bottled 2007 Contino Reserva is made up of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo made in Rioja’s traditional style. A bit of new oak is used here and makes an appearance in the wine’s aromatics along with Asian spices, incense, floral notes, and assorted black fruits. This leads to a concentrated, lengthy, firm offering that is likely to evolve for another 4-5 years and drink well through 2027. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93+

      The 2007 Imperial Gran Reserva is again a great wine in the making. Red fruit and plenty of spices (nutmeg), the palate shows great acidity and abundant tannins that need resolving with time in bottle. Great tension and nerve. I think it will take some time to be released, which is good as it will require some patience. Drink 2016-2021. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. The Imperial Gran Reserva is back at the helm of quality.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Hailing from a warm year, this wine is still a brute. Smoky, rubbery aromas of cassis and strawberry vascilate between ripe and candied. This is full-volume, even pushy, on the palate, with blazing acidity and rocky, spicy, papperyberry flavors. Let this rest at least another 5 years; revisit in 2019.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2014): 90 points

      This focused red shows density and balance on a modest frame, with black cherry, tobacco, sanguine and mineral flavors, harmonious and still fresh. Not showy, but well-knit. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 93

      (a blend of 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo that was aged in French and American oak for 24 months): Deep red. Heady aromas of cherry, redcurrant, vanilla and rose oil, with a smoky nuance and a hint of cured tobacco. Sappy, penetrating, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. This impressively balanced and focused gran reserva finishes with silky tannins and excellent cut and persistence. One for the cellar.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine & Spirits (2013): 92 points : "Year's Best"

      Bright red raspberry notes create an immediate impression of brisk fruit in the aroma, then this wine retreats into its oak and earthy tannins. After a day, that oak presence begins to recede, revealing a finish that's austere, with dry red fruit flavors and spice. At a moment of adolesence, this wine hasn't begun to show itself. Cune's Imperial Gran Reservas often live for decades, and this is a vintage to forget in the cellar for at least 10 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 92

      The 2009 Imperial Reserva from a warm, ripe and powerful vintage, is still a project of a Reserva with its backward personality and its shy nose, displaying the toasty aromas of the barrique. It needs time to polish those tannins. Those who prefer more powerful wines would prefer this to the 2008. Drink 2015-2020. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. The Imperial Gran Reserva is back at the helm of quality.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 89 points

      Cherry aromas are firm and don’t evolve much in the glass. This is intense on the palate, with strong acidity that lends tartness to sinewy plum and berry flavors. Minor accents of spice and toast finish with espresso bitterness. Drink through 2020.

    • Wine Spectator

      2013 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Wine Spectator (2014): 90

      This focused white offers bright, juicy flavors of peach and lemon.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 87

      I was quite impressed by the 2012 Monopole, a white wine that is often overlooked, which nowadays is an unoaked varietal of Viura fermented in stainless steel. It displays a bright, pale yellow color and a perfumed nose of white flowers, pears, apples, white peach and, dare I say it, a hint of minerality? The fresh palate reveals, also, some flavors of fennel and mandarin, with a bittersweet finish. Drink 2014-2015. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2012 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 88

      (all viura): Pale yellow. Ripe pear and melon on the deeply scented nose. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering plump orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Finishes with firm grip and cut, leaving a citrussy note behind.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2012 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Wine & Spirits (2013): 90 points : "Year's Best"

      One of the most relaible values in Rioja white, this Viura offers tart green apple scents and richer stone fruit flavors, lasting on clean nectarine freshness. A great white for tapas, particularly pulpo a la gallega.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 91

      No 2011 had been bottled yet, so I tasted the 2010 Crianza from hand-harvested grapes from Rioja Alavesa and produced in the Vina Real winery. As with the Reserva, the Crianza is usually a blend of 90% Tempranillo complemented with small amounts of Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. 2010 had textbook climatic conditions to be a great vintage. The destemmed grapes carry out both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats and the wine ages for some 14 months in French and American oak barrels. This 2010 has a nice bright cherry color with a clean and open nose displaying red fruits and a spicy touch, coming through as quite a traditional nose and a polished palate with good acidity as they aim for freshness and drinkability. This Crianza represents superb value for money. Drink now-2020. Vina Real is now a separate winery in Rioja Alavesa and not just a brand belonging to CVNE. 90% of the total production of the winery (one million liters) is bottled as Crianza. It’s a wine that is bottled continuously in different lots until the vintage is finished and then the winemaker starts bottling the next one.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 88

      Bright ruby-red. Spicy, highly perfumed aromas of cherry pit, black raspberry and vanilla, with a smoky overtone and a touch of cracked pepper. Sharply focused dark berry flavors are given spine by juicy acidity. Closes tangy and precise, leaving cola and peppery spice notes behind.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 94

      The 2008 Gran Reserva is produced from 90-95% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in inox. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in both French and American oak barrels where is aged for two years. During the aging process the wine is frequently racked, a natural way to make it clean and stable. The wine should be available in mid-2014, and it’s still resting in bottle. It has a serious character, a bit savage, slightly reduced at the moment, with fresh fruit (both red and black), murky, spicy aromas (nutmeg) and hints of smoke. The tannins are very fine-grained, it’s medium-bodied, with good acidity, very balanced, with great weight of fruit and a mineral finish. It has great intensity and harmony, and should age for a long time, resulting in one great classical wine. A great Gran Reserva that should please fans of both traditional and more modern wines at a very good price. Drink 2015-2028. Vina Real is now a separate winery in Rioja Alavesa and not just a brand belonging to CVNE. 90% of the total production of the winery (one million liters) is bottled as Crianza. It’s a wine that is bottled continuously in different lots until the vintage is finished and then the winemaker starts bottling the next one.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 89 points

      Earthy, roasted berry aromas are matched by tobacco, cedar and rooty notes. This feels chunky and tomatoey. Flavors of earthy, stewed berry fruits are mature and carry a stalky accent. The finish is medium-long and peppery, with a fading fruit character.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 92

      The 2009 Reserva, 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa, is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 22 months in new oak barriques with frequent rackings (every four months). 2009 is a powerful vintage with an early harvest, especially in Alavesa, but the wine has very good balance and is developing some complexity in the nose with a touch of spices, raw meat and red fruit. The palate displays some fine-grained tannins, ripe fruit and good acidity in a well-built wine. This should age very well. Drink 2016-2022. Vina Real is now a separate winery in Rioja Alavesa and not just a brand belonging to CVNE. 90% of the total production of the winery (one million liters) is bottled as Crianza. It’s a wine that is bottled continuously in different lots until the vintage is finished and then the winemaker starts bottling the next one.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 92

      Opaque ruby. Smoky dark berries and cherry on the perfumed nose. Mineral- and spice-accented blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and pick up bitter chocolate and floral pastille nuances with air. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and building sweetness. This wine benefits a lot from air.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO, VINA DEL OLIVO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 90

      Inky ruby. A heady, complex bouquet evokes dried cherry, smoked meat and mocha, with a subtle floral overtone. Taut red fruit and floral pastille flavors flesh out with air and pick up a subtle black tea nuance. Shows a tangy edge on the persistent finish, which features smooth tannins and lingering spiciness.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO, VINA DEL OLIVO
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 93

      The 2008 Contino Vino del Olivo (Contino’s “tenderloin parcel”) is made up of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano that was barrel-fermented, underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, and was then aged for 17 months in new barriques. It is a dense, mouth-filling, richly fruited offering made in a more contemporary style than most of Cune’s other offerings. Expect it to unwind for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2028. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, PAGOS DE VINA REAL
      Wine & Spirits (2013): 95 points : "Year's Best"

      The style of the wine is conservative and aristocratic, with a mineral spine of tannins that keep the fruit standing straight, and yet it feels completely relaxed in all of its intensity and power. The sweetness and fatness of the fruit cushions the tannins so that their soil-driven strength becomes supple. Dynamic and remarkably long in flavor, this is a Rioja for the ages.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, PAGOS DE VINA REAL
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 91points

      Youthful purple. Sexy oak spices accent candied cherry, plum and boysenberry, conveying an exotic personality. Juicy cherry and dark berry flavors are deep and creamy, with strong vanilla and mocha qualities adding sweetness. Youthfully tannic and impressively broad and sweet on the long, spicy finish.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, PAGOS DE VINA REAL
      Wine Spectator (2007): 90 points

      Plush and generous. Blackberry, coffee and mocha flavors mingle over ripe, firm tannins. A big, rich wine, but remains graceful.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Enthusiast (2013): 93 points

      Brandied berry, coconut and marzipan aromas are ripe and heady for CVNE, but super inviting. In the mouth, this is structured and firm, with plenty of acidic cut and snap. Coconut and balsamic berry are the lead flavors, while the finish is herbal and shows a pinch of saltiness along with a dry feel. Drink through 2025.

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2012): 92 points

      This expressive red is round yet graceful, delivering cherry, dried berry, tobacco, orange peel and spice flavors in a plump texture, shored up by light, firm tannins. Generous yet balanced, in the traditional style.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2012): 90 points

      Black cherry, tobacco, licorice and smoke flavors mingle in this assertive red. The tannins still have grip, and there's a light balsamic edge to the acidity. A bit angular, but lively.

    • 2011 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Restaurant Wine (2012): 4 stars : Excellent (Highly Recommended)

      Supple and full bodied, this is a fruity wine with good balance and a medium long finish, tasting of lemon peel, pear, and lime. Viura. [2013-2014]

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE BLANCO
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88

      Bright straw. Spice-accented pear and orange aromas show good clarity and a hint of white flowers. Juicy, easygoing orchard fruit flavors offer good clarity and a plush texture. The gently bitter finish shows good sappy persistence.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE BLANCO
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 86

      The unoaked 2010 Cune Blanco offers up floral and melon aromas in a bright, focused, savory style. Drink this solid value over the next 2-3 years. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87

      C.V.N.E.’s red wines begin with the 2008 Cune Crianza composed of 80% Tempranillo with the balance Garnacha and Mazuelo (Carinena). This medium ruby-colored offering offers up aromas of cedar, cherry blossom, spice box, black cherry and blackberry. In the glass spicy red fruits and a bit of structure emerge leading to a silky, easygoing finish. It is a good value and an attractive introduction to the merits of the traditional Rioja style. It will drink well for several more years. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88

      Deep red. Spicy red fruits, dried herbs and flowers on the perfumed nose, with a complicating note of vanilla. Then juicy and focused in the mouth, with tangy acidity keeping the redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors lively and tight. A nicely balanced midweight that finishes with good cut and lift, repeating the redcurrant note.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89

      The 2007 Cune Reserva is more deeply colored and marked by oak (normal given its Reserva status). Aromas of cedar, spice box, violets, and blackberry lead to an elegant, sweetly-fruited, medium-bodied wine that will continue to provide pleasure through 2019. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2011): 90 points

      This plump red offers cherry and berry flavors wreathed in spice, tobacco and cedar. Balanced and gentle, in the traditional style, but has enough structure for food.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 rioja (rosado) doq CVNE ROSADO
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 86

      The 2010 Cune Rosado delivers a pleasing perfume of cherry blossom and strawberry. Dry and fruity with good depth and savory flavors, it is a nicely rendered Rose for drinking over the next 12-18 months. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 rioja (rosado) doq CVNE ROSADO
      Wine Spectator (2011): 86 points

      A lively rosé, delivering focused flavors of tart cherry, tangerine and spice, with bright acidity to freshen the smooth, polished texture and bring you back for another sip.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 91

      Saturated ruby. Complex, smoky scents of red- and blackcurrant, dried cherry, tobacco and rose, with subtle vanilla and spice notes in the background. A fleshy, seamless midweight that offers sweet red and dark berry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by tangy minerality. Finishes with very good thrust and clarity, repeating the cherry note. Drink this well before the 2005 version.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91+

      The 2000 Imperial Gran Reserva spent 36 months in barrel and 6 years in bottle prior to release. Its enticing, nicely developed perfume displays an earthy minerality, cigar box, leather, violet, black cherry, and blackberry notes leading to a medium-bodied, elegant, precisely balanced wine with enough structure to maintain its viability for another 8-10 years. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2000 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92

      Vivid red. Highly nuanced nose offers cherry, tobacco, spices and vanilla bean. Suave, supple and fine-grained, with alluringly sweet red berry and cherry flavors enlivened by spices and flowers. Very suave and seamless wine. The smooth, tannin-free finish lingers with echoing red fruits and spices.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92

      Vivid ruby. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, cherry-vanilla, pipe tobacco and dried flowers. Fresh, spicy, impressively delineated red fruit flavors show very good depth, with the tobacco and vanilla elements carrying through in the mouth. Elegantly styled Rioja, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent spice-driven persistence. Shows more vivacity than the powerful 2004 version, which is of equal quality but in a different style.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90

      The 2005 Imperial Reserva uses fruit exclusively from Rioja Alta, a barrel-fermented blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo. It possesses lovely inner perfume of cranberry, black raspberry, tobacco, and Asian spices. Sweet cinnamon, balsamic, and blackberry notes linger on the plush finish. It will continue its evolution for another 4-5 years and drink well through 2025. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87

      The 2010 Cune Blanco Monopole (100% Viura) comes from older vines. It is a bit more substantial with greater depth and complexity. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88

      Bright straw. Fresh apple and peach aromas are complemented by honeysuckle and orange peel. Very fruity and smooth in the mouth, offering lively orchard and pit fruit flavors braced by tangy acidity. Just a bit loose-knit on the clinging finish, which repeats the pear note.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Wine Spectator (2011): 89 points

      This firm, focused white displays a solid structure, with supporting flavors of pear, ginger, smoke and herb. This is not a showy wine, but has depth and vibrancy. A good match with richer dishes.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, REAL DE ASUA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 94

      Bright, saturated ruby. Exotic, highly aromatic bouquet of black fruits, cherry compote, incense and licorice. Sappy and expansive, offering deeply pitched, spicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, silky texture and ripe, harmonious tannins. A floral quality builds on the long, very sweet finish, which strongly repeats the cherry and spice flavors. This shows impressive freshness and energy for a vintage that produced many ripe and massive but rather inelegant wines.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, REAL DE ASUA
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Focused and harmonious, this traditional red offers plum, black cherry, tobacco and cedar notes, joined by smooth tannins and good acidity. This shows good grip, while opening nicely into spice and cigar box notes on the finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90

      The fruit for the 2008 Vina Real Crianza is sourced from Rioja Alavesa. It emits an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, mineral, and violets followed by a wine that is bursting with savory black cherry and blackberry fruit. It has impeccable balance, excellent volume, and a pure, lengthy finish. The traditional Crianza style does not get much better than this. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 87

      Bright violet. Cherry-vanilla and black raspberry on the fragrant nose. A sweet midweight that offers fresh if moderately concentrated dark fruit flavors. Finishes a bit short, with the vanilla note repeating.

    • Wine Spectator

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      Wine Spectator (2011): 87 points

      This juicy red shows black cherry, herbal and smoke notes, as well as hints of flint and game. This has lively acidity and gentle tannins, with a fresh finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 93

      The 2004 Vina Real Gran Reserva is developing beautifully. The oak is nicely integrated and the aromatics are just beginning to display tertiary notes of dried fruits and spices. This lengthy, concentrated effort admirably displays the plush, rich style of the great 2004 vintage and should easily see its 20th birthday in fine form. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92

      Bright ruby-red. Complex bouquet evokes dried redcurrant and cherry, with sexy oak spice, tobacco and potpourri elements gaining strength with air. Pliant, sweet and nicely ripe, with deep red fruit and chewing tobacco flavors and a suave note of vanilla. Dusty tannins come on late and add shape to the long, ripe, smoky finish. This is approachable now, but should reward at least another decade of cellaring.

    • Wine Spectator

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2011): 89 points

      Maturing nicely, this medium-bodied red is well-integrated, offering coffee, dried plum, licorice and tobacco flavors, as well as notes of orange peel, which keep this fresh and juicy.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Full red. Musky aromas of dried cherry, vanilla, herbs and smoked meat are complicated by slow-building floral and spice qualities. Tangy, sharply focused red fruit flavors show a pleasing bitterness, with zesty minerality providing lift. Becomes more floral with air, finishing with impressive clarity and notes of sweet red fruits, vanilla and anise. This looks like an excellent cellar candidate.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90 points

      The 2005 Vina Real Reserva is deeply colored along with an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, mineral, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. Structured in the style of the 2005 vintage, it is quite dense, layered, and firm with a sense of elegance. This impressive Reserva will continue to blossom for several more years and drink well through 2020 if not longer.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 91

      Bright red. Raspberry and cherry-vanilla on the oak-spiced nose. Ripe and silky in texture, with very good depth and energy to its red fruit and floral flavors. A spicy note comes up with air and adds bite to the persistent oak-spicy finish. Based on this wine's balance I suspect that it will be a smooth and slow ager.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      Plum, smoke and herbal flavors are framed by mineral and licorice notes in this firm, maturing red. This is medium-bodied, with good acidity that keeps this lively, despite its austere character.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, VINA REAL, BARREL FERMENTED
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87

      The 2009 Vina Real Barrel Fermented exhibits a hint of toasty oak, mineral, and melon. In the glass the wine’s firm acid structure keeps things together leading to a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this excellent value over the next 2-3 years. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, VINA REAL, BARREL FERMENTED
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 89

      Bright yellow. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes smoky pear, honey and toasty lees. Broad and juicy, with good cut and spiciness to its round, oak-spiced flavors of candied orange and poached pear. The oak notes mount on the persistent finish but the fruit more than keeps pace. This would be nice with a richly sauced fish or poultry dish.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, VINA REAL, BARREL FERMENTED
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      This white offers a silky, round texture that carries lush flavors of melon, kumquat and pastry, with smoky and vanilla notes. A modern style, this is rich but remains graceful.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE BLANCO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 87 points

      Pale yellow. Ripe pear and honey on the nose, with hints of lemon rind and herbs. Plush, seamless melon and orchard fruit flavors could use more definition but show good depth. Finishes smooth and broad, with lingering warmth and an echo of herbs.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 87

      Cune’s 2007 Crianza is 80% Tempranillo with the balance Garnacha and Mazuelo aged in American oak for 12 months. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up a pleasing perfume of mineral, spice box, balsamic, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, concentrated wine with good grip, ripe flavors, and excellent balance. This medium-long offering will drink nicely for another 4-5 years.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE CRIANZA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 88 points

      Deep red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant and raspberry complicated by anise and dried herbs. Lively and precise, offering gently sweet red berry and cherry flavors that turn slightly bitter in the mid-palate. Taut and linear wine with good finishing clarity and cut.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 89+

      Cune’s 2006 Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo with the balance Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo aged for 2 years in French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals an aromatic array of smoke, spice box, tobacco, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with plenty of savory, spicy fruit, a smooth texture, and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 3-4 years. This lengthy offering will provide prime drinking from 2013 to 2021.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 (+ ?) points

      ruby. An expansive, oak-spicy bouquet of candied cherry, vanilla and coconut is lifted by an intense floral character. Very rich and broad, offering sweet cherry-vanilla and blackberry flavors and a strong note of clove. Impressive for its depth of fruit but needs some time to suck up the powerful oak, which the wine's track record says will happen.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (rosado) doq CVNE ROSADO
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 87

      Cune’s 2009 Rosado is a saignee of Tempranillo revealing a medium pink-color along with an enticing perfume of rose petal and strawberry. Dry, vibrant, and intensely fruited (2009 was a great vintage in Rioja as we shall see soon enough), this balanced offering will drink nicely over the next 12-18 months.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO GRACIANO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 93 points

      Inky ruby. Wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes cassis, boysenberry, vanilla, licorice and incense, plus a floral quality that gains volume with air. At once weighty and energetic, offering sweet, palate-staining dark fruit flavors and a seamless texture. Turns spicier as it sits in the glass, picking up notes of anise and cracked pepper. The pungent finish leaves sweet floral and dark fruit notes behind, along with a zesty touch of spicecake. Raised in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak, all new.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 92

      The 2001 Contino Reserva is a forward, concentrated effort with an elegant personality. It has enough stuffing to evolve for another 2-3 years and should drink well through 2021.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO, VINA DEL OLIVO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 92 points

      Opaque purple. C aptivating nose melds black raspberry, minerals, mocha, mint and dried flowers. Lush, fat and sweet, but its opulent red berry, cherry and dark chocolate flavors are enlivened by strong minerality. As deeply concentrated and palate-staining as this wine is, it shows unlikely elegance. In fact, this reminds me a little of a modern Bordeaux The finish is sweet, smoky and very long.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, CONTINO, VINA DEL OLIVO
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 94

      The 2005 Contino Vina Del Olivo is the product of a dry farmed single vineyard of the same name planted in 1980. The blend is 90% Tempranillo with the balance Graciano and Carinena aged in new oak for 18 months. Purple/black-colored with a captivating nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, blackberry, and plum, on the palate it is medium-bodied, intensely fruited, and structured. Rich, ripe, and firm, it will evolve for another 8-10 years offering a drinking window extending from 2018 to 2035.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      1999 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 92 points

      Deep red. Blackberry, cherry and licorice on the nose, plus a strong note of smoky oak. Densely packed and very sweet on entry, then juicy and focused in the midpalate, with lush dark fruit liqueur and oak spice flavors firmed by a mineral spine. This still-youthful wine gains flesh and volume with air and finishes with silky tannins and resonating oakiness. Built for the long haul but should also show well now with enough aeration.

    • The Wine Advocate

      1982 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 92

      The 1982 Imperial Gran Reserva offers a very floral and mineral-accented bouquet, savory flavors, good balance, and a medium-long finish. It is a mature offering that should be drunk over the next 6-8 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 91+

      The 2004 Imperial Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality. It will be approachable in 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2024

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, MONOPOLE
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 points

      Light yellow-gold. Bright citrus and pear aromas are complemented by floral honey, white pepper and jasmine. Richer than the regular blanco but livelier as well, offering juicy lemon and orange flavors and deeper orchard fruits with aeration. Closes on a spicy note, with very good tangy cut and a dusty mineral quality.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, PAGOS DE VINA REAL
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 94

      The 2005 Pagos de Vina Real is 100% old-vine Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were in oak with aging in 100% new French barriques. Deep purple-colored, it exhibits a super-expressive nose of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black cherry, and blackberry reflecting the modern style of this cuvee. Dense, ripe, and sweet on the palate with excellent volume, it maintains a sense of elegance alongside its power. Well-balanced with another 6-8 years of ageability, it will deliver prime drinking from 2017 to 2035.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, REAL DE ASUA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 94+

      The 2005 Real De Asul has a similar aromatic and flavor profile to the 2004 but is a bit more structured and powerful. It will be a pleasant task to compare them side by side in another 15-20 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 88

      The Vina Real red wines begin with the 2007 Crianza, a blend of 90% Tempranillo and the balance Graciano, Garnacha, and Mazuelo aged for 12-14 months in American oak barriques. Dark ruby-colored, it sports a nose of cedar, violets, cinnamon, clove, black cherry, and blackberry. Medium-bodied with some elegance on the palate, it has ample ripe fruit, savory flavors, and excellent balance. It is likely to open further with another 1-2 years of cellaring and will drink nicely over the next 8-10 years.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL CRIANZA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 88 points

      Bright ruby. Lively aromas of crushed red berries, spicecake and cracked pepper. At once silky and firm, with energetic red fruit flavors accentuated by pepper and herbs and sharpened by an edge of acidity. Comes up a bit short on the finish but I like this wine's energy.

    • The Wine Advocate

      1962 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 93

      The 1962 Vina Real Gran Reserva is a bit more deeply colored than its fellow senior citizens. Complex on both the nose and palate, this lengthy offering has a silky finish that keeps on going.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 92+

      The 2004 Reserva is also 90% Tempranillo and the balance, Graciano, Garnacha, and Mazuelo aged for up to 2 years in French and American oak. Deep crimson-colored, it delivers a more complex perfume of smoke, mineral, game, underbrush, and black cherry. This terroir-driven offering is medium-bodied, mouth-filling, and quite rich while maintaining a sense of elegance. This lengthy effort will evolve for another 4-6 years and be at its best from 2014 to 2024 if not longer.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL RESERVA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Deep red. Spicy cherry, redcurrant, herbs, underbrush and smoky oak on the nose. Offers an attractive silky texture, noteworthy intensity and a light touch, with sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors gaining power with air. Finishes with velvety tannins and very good mineral cut. This is more energetic than many Riojas from this ripe vintage.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, VINA REAL, BARREL FERMENTED
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 points

      Light greenish gold. Spicy citrus fruits and minerals on the nose, with subtle floral and smoke notes adding complexity. Juicy, palate-staining lime and orange zest flavors are joined by a deeper pear quality in the mid-palate, with nervy acidity providing spine. The mineral and floral notes linger on the long, spicy finish, which barely hints at the almost 100% new French oak in which this wine was raised.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (blanco) doq CVNE, VINA REAL, BARREL FERMENTED
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 88

      The Vina Real collection includes one white wine, the 2007 Barrel-Fermented which is 100% Viura fermented and raised in new American oak with lees stirring until time of bottling. Light gold-colored, it offers up aromas of mineral, baking spices, melon, and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with lively acidity, plenty of spicy fruit, and good length. It could evolve for 1-2 years and can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years. It is a very good value.

    • Wine Spectator

      1998 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (2008): 90 points

      Maturing now, this tender red offers harmonious dried cherry, cedar and tobacco flavors over silky tannins. Lithe and still lively. A lovely example of the traditional style.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1999 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Ruby-red with faint amber at the rim. Spicy red berries and cherry on the nose, with vanilla, cola, incense and underbrush qualities adding complexity. Oak-spiced red fruit flavors are sweet and silky, with fully absorbed tannins and a late note of botanical herbs. Gains weight with air, taking a turn to blackcurrant and finishing with excellent spicy persistence. You could drink this now, but I'd hold mine for at least another five years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1994 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2001): 92 points

      Bright ruby-red. Currant, spice cake, mocha, leather and smoke on the nose. Supple but sappy and vinous, with complex, laid-back flavors of cedar, leather and game. The wine's firm acids and underlying minerality restrain its sweetness. But very suave, firmly tannic and long on the aftertaste.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1994 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (2001): 90 points

      Dark red. Strawberry, smoke, earth, spice cake and chocolate on the nose. Very sweet and dense, with lush but somewhat clenched fruit. Powerfully structured wine, with very strong acids and tannic spine. In an awkward stage today, and still quite youthfully unevolved.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1991 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (1999): 92 points

      Amber-edged red. Complex nose features cherry, red berries, exotic cinnamon and clove spiciness, tobacco, caramel and roasted meat. Expansive, silky and quite elegant; still young today but already seamless. The rich, mounting finish offers enticing flavors of spice and red berries. Suave, harmonious wine, with impressive retention of fruit.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1990 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (1998): 91 points

      Medium red. Warm, inviting aromas of plum, spice and roasted meat. Silky and spicy in the mouth, with plum and redcurrant flavors complicated by meat and tobacco notes. Gentle but firm acidity gives the wine lovely balance, and the ripe but dry finish offers excellent grip. Distinctly claret-like in weight.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1990 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      International Wine Cellar (1998): 90 points

      Medium red. Strawberry, raspberry, mint, earth and vanillin oak on the nose. Quite velvety and sweet, but the red fruit and spice flavors have a sappy vibrancy. Very ripe but quite subtle on the long aftertaste.

    • Wine Spectator

      1985 rioja (tinto) doq CVNE, VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
      Wine Spectator (1994): 91 points

      A big wine with plenty of fruit and lively accents of coffee and spice. It's balanced, concentrated and just beginning to show maturity.