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A few weeks ago we had a little barbecue with some friends who we have known for a long, long time This is a bit of a tradition at the start of Winter as we celebrate having survived another season of hard hot, work running around after people down here on the Southern Coast of Spain They always ask can they bring something and come bearing bottles of wine and goodies to add to the table. Two guests had very similar tastes and both brought bottles of the lovely Spanish red wine Cune which we drank with delight along with our home made beefburgers, a bit special containing green Thai curry paste. Also on the menu was spicy chicken and white fish steaks wrapped in bacon. We had a great time and from a 2.00pm start we ended about 10.30pm.
The wine was delicious but because we all gabbled so much and many people were driving we didn't drink a lot and I ended up with a couple of bottle of Cune left. One of which, the reserve will be saved for Christmas as it is so special and deserves a review as glowing as it's vibrant red colour and lively happy taste.
Take your medicine!
Cune Reserve comes from the Rioja area of Spain which is in the North of the country and the climate is influenced by the Atlantic winds that blow in from Biscay. I find that Rioja wines are always of good quality, in fact many years ago I was recommended to drink a red Rioja wine by my local pharmacist when I was recovering from an attack of Spanish tum. I loved my medicine and as a strong believer in preventative medicine, continue to drink my lovely Rioja wines.
Founded in 1879 in Barrio de la Estacion de Haro in Rioja Alta. Cune has been produced by the same family for five generations and contains four different types of grape.
Garnacha Tinto 5%
The grapes are collected by hand and left to ferment for 10 days. It is then matured in American and French oak casks for a minimum of 2 years before being further aged in bottles before it is ready to be sold. Cune Reserve can be recognised by it's gold foil top and the dark blue label stating Reserva which sits beneath the standard Cune cream and gold label. On the reverse is the Denomination of Origin Certificate, (which officially declares it's high standard) and a little bit of information about the wine. My bottle is 75cl and 13.5% vol. and you contains 5 or 6 generous glasses .
Autumn in a Glass.
The smell or bouquet if we are being posh is to me all about Autumn, fruity and soft with a colour that is ruby red and intense. Don't get the idea that this is a heavy wine though, your guests will not be comatose after a glass like some heavier wines. The taste is smooth warm and fruity with a little hint of the oak barrels it has been aged in and I have found that it can compliment any meat, or a more robust fish. It is versatile and a welcome guest at any meal. It would be at the top end of the price range that I personally would pay for a wine but great for a special occasion.
So, if you come across a Cune Rioja at one of your Christmas Festivities, please try it. It doesn't have to be a Reserve although if it is gather your best friends around you and sneak off into a corner and enjoy this lovely red treat from Spain.
Mine was a gift but it retails around 10.50 euros in Spain and around 10.00pounds in the U.K. (Contains sulphites)
5 stars from me!
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao.
"Intense ruby red, bright and deep in colour. Rich, deep aromas of bramble, red autumn fruit with a hint of balsamic and warm spices from fine oak. The palate is fine, complex and long, with balanced tannins and an excellent bright finish. 85% Tempranilla, 5% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano. The grapes were hand picked from selected vineyards and, following destalking, they were fermented at controlled temperatures between 28 and 30°C. Following a full malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity, and to round and soften the wine, it was matured for two years in a mixture of French and American oak, with rackings every six months. After bottling, the wine was cellared for a year before release."