A fresh and easy Rioja that shows plum and cherry character. Hints of cream. Mushroom, too. Medium body, low tannins and a crisp finish. Delicious now.
The 2014 Crianza from Cuné is an excellent young bottle of Rioja, with the generosity to drink well in its youth, but also the depth and balance to age quite gracefully. The bright and classic bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of cherries, raspberries, Rioja spice tones, a fine base of soil, a hint of celery seed and a deft framing of spicy American oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and nicely transparent, with a good core, moderate tannins, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the long finish. This is really good already, but will be better when it has a bit more bottle age. It is a lovely value! (Drink between 2017-2040)
I caught the 2014 Cune Crianza a couple of months before they started bottling it, but I wanted to preview it. It's a light and red fruit-driven Crianza matured in oak barrels for one year. This is the canonical blend of 85 % Tempranillo and 15% between Garnacha and Mazuelo. The wine aims for some consistency across vintages, as its drinkers do not want a lot of surprises. 2014 was a cooler year, but as the grapes took more time to ripen, perhaps they got slightly riper; it shows aromas of damsons and very ripe plums with hints of raisins (LG)
Deep ruby. Smoke-tinged cherry and floral scents show good clarity and spicy lift. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red currant and vanilla flavors that deepen slowly and pick up a peppery element as the wine opens up. Fruit-driven and approachable, with a smooth, gently tannic finish that echoes the cherry and spice notes. (JR)
This firm red shows black cherry, plum, toast and tar notes, with light but assertive tannins that give way to a fresh and juicy finish. Drink now through 2022. (TM)
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