C.V.N.E (hereafter, Cune, pronounced Coo-nay) was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers (Raimondo and Eusebio) of Bilbao. The company is still run by a descendant of the Real de Asua brothers, the fifth generation current CEO Victor Urrutia Ybarra.
The business was established in Haro, near Barrio de la Estacion. The train station at Haro was a direct link to Bordeaux in France, stricken at the time by phylloxera and oidium, and many of la
Rioja's most famous names gathered in the "train station suburb" on Haro's north-western corner.
From here, the new wave of Bordeaux-style Rioja producers which sprang up in the second half of the 19th century (many of which were owned and/or managed by displaced French) could easily ship Rioja wine to cover their markets for 'Claret'.
Cune first made an income as a negociant house supplying bulk wine to France. A similar short term 'boom' occurred in other parts of Spain, such as Mallorca, whose plantings increased four-fold in the second half of the 19th century, before the collapse when phylloxera eventually devastated most of Spain's vineyards too. By the time this happened, however, Cune had matured into a genuine wine producer in its own right. The brothers soon moved away from bulk wine shipping and began purchasing and planting vineyards around Rioja Alta and employed cellar masters from Bordeaux.
The colloquial brand name, "Cune" is the result of a slight mistake in their first order of packaging: the direction to stamp wooden wine cases as 1886 'C.V.N.E' were simply mis-read by the package company, and by a happy typo slip, the homonym 'Cune' was born.
Cune is a traditional producer in the best sense and we are pleased to offer the new 2010 Reserva. Reserva wines require at least 12 months in cask plus 2 years of bottle age before release.
Cune Rioja Reserva 2010
$45.00 a Bottle
Case of 12 Bottles $513.00
To view and order the wine on our website click here.
Wine Advocate - Luis Gutierrez:
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.
Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds: (85% tempranillo and 5% each of garnacha, mazuelo and graciano): Bright ruby-red. Fresh red berries and cherry on the fragrant nose, with spice and floral nuances adding complexity. Juicy and focused, delivering good lift to its sappy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. A zesty mineral quality adds cut to the youthfully tannic, fragrant finish, which clings with serious tenacity. 91 Points
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