CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana), pronounced coonay, DOCa Reserva Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2010
Predominantly tempranillo, with 20% garnacha, graciano and mazuelo (aka carignan). Destalking followed by ferment at 28-30C. Full MLF followed by 18 months in US and French oak, then a year in bottle before release; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, about £15.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, developing, with an opening aroma of creamy-strawberry-vanilla (creamy vanilla characteristic of American oak), then rich ripe mostly red fruit and sweet spice, red plum, red cherry, strawberry, black cherry, liquorice, a floral note of peony and violets; smoke, toast, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; stewed berries, a low-key vegetal note and tobacco.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, smooth ripe well-integrated medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe red berries, red plum and cherry, black currant, black berry and cherry, liquorice, sweet spice, vanilla and cinnamon, a floral lift of violets and an aftertaste with coconut. A long length with a ripe berry finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with balanced acidity and tannin, harmonious with the intensity of rich ripe primary and well-integrated oak-derived flavours, and showing some tertiary leafy development; well-integrated alcohol, concentrated, and showing complexity from oak and bottle ageing, following into the long length. Lacking a little in the tertiary spectrum of complexity, which will come with further ageing, otherwise this would be an outstanding wine.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now, but has the potential for aging for 3-5 years, based on the acid-tannin structure and concentration of rich flavour.