COMPAÑÍA VINÍCOLA DEL NORTE DE ESPAÑA, 'ASÚA'
RIOJA, SPAIN 2016
The first Spanish winery to be awarded the coveted number one position in Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 in 2013, Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (also known by its acronym CVNE, or more simply, Cune) is certainly “one of the icons of the Rioja,” according to Tim Atkin’s Spanish wine contributor, Victor de la Serna. Their flagship ‘Imperial’ is one of Spain’s—if not the world’s—most age-worthy reds that has helped bolster Rioja’s reputation among both collectors and casual enthusiasts. Today we’re thrilled to present two wines from Cune’s newest project, ‘Asúa.’ The 2016 Crianza and Reserva are pure, robust, and layered Tempranillos that showcase Rioja’s distinct terroir and this producer’s drive for excellence—at unbeatable price points.
The 2016 ‘Asúa’ Crianza is predominantly Tempranillo, with 15% other traditional varieties, including Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo, all sourced from Haro. Wine Advocate notes it is like “a mini Imperial.” The wine matured in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months, and unveils a profile of dark fruit and tobacco spice with a welcome and fresh streak of acidity and floral nuances. The 2016 Reserva goes a step further, and has found an impressive balance between traditional aged Rioja and more modern wines. A blend of 85% Tempranillo with smaller amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo (also sourced from Cune’s vineyards in Haro), the wine offers up classic balsamic and smoky notes that intermingle with notes of violet and dark cherry. After 24 months maturation in French oak and additional bottle age, the flavors already feel integrated and evolved, but the structure suggests a very long life ahead. For any fan of bold and elegant reds, both of today’s wines would make fine additions to your collection. Take advantage of mix-and-match pricing before the deals end!
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