2012 Cune Crianza – A Classic Rioja Wine

2012 Cune

Cune – a beautifully-made wine from the Rioja

2012 Cune Crianza – Costco $9.99

This classic Rioja Tempranillo comes from one of Spain’s oldest and most famous Bodegas, the Cune winery, based in the village of Haro. The 2012 Cune Crianza has been piling up the accolades. 91 Points from the Wine Spectator, 90 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and perhaps the best praise comes from Guía Peñin’s 90- Point rating. Guía Peñin is the most influential wine critic in Spain. According to the Cune spec sheet, the Cune is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo.  The time in the barrel is twelve months, and the time in the bottle before being released is six months.

Tasting Notes 2012 Cune Crianza

The 2012 Cune Crianza begins with a beautiful nose of plum, blueberry, a touch of oak, and a perfume of dark fruit aromas. The Cune Crianza has a medium body, but the wine affords a great texture in the mouth. There is cedar spice, lively fruit, and just the right amount of acidity. The Cune Crianza has lots of character and vitality. What an enjoyable wine! What a food-friendly wine! The finish is quite adequate. I go with a 90-Point rating and say it is worth a case at this price. During this past week, I tasted two other Spanish wines from Costco: The 2007 Bodegas Los Aljibes and the 2014 Campo Arriba. Both had high ratings, but we did not think either was worthy of a recommendation. The 2012 Cune Crianza is a true Spanish wine bargain. It is a wine bargain hunter’s delight.

Food Matches for 2012 Cune Crianza

  • Paella, of course
  • A spicy turkey stuffing for Thanksgiving
  • Tomato-based pasta sauces
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Turkey and cheese sandwich

KL Wines also stocks the 2012 Cune Crianza for $10.99. This is a big-production wine for Cune, so you are likely to find it in many wine shops. Check Wine-Searcher or 1000 Corks to find a location near you that carries the 2012 Cune Crianza.

All you need to know about the Tempranillo grape from one of Spain’s great winemakers, Rafael Vivanco

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