CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana), pronounced coonay, DOCa Reserva Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2013
This wine: lot No. L170805L (on the back label), a predominantly tempranillo blend, along with garnacha, graciano and mazuelo (aka carignan), aged for at least 1 year in French and American oak casks, then 2 years in bottle, before release; coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, about £13.50 (11/18)
Consumer tasting note: a modern-classical Rioja style – cream and black cherry, with edges of coconut and dark chocolate, then dark strawberry jam, tobacco and liquorice; medium-full bodied, velvety, with a palate of black cherry, black currant and liquorice. Finishes medium.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears [an 1/8 teaspoon of granular and soft sediment, tartrate crystals on the cork underside].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of cream-edged in a lactic sense, ripe red berries, a passing hint of coconut, a slightly lifted edge of black cherry, quite spicy, dark strawberry jam, tobacco, waxy, chocolatey hints, warm black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a velvety texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe black cherry, a touch spicy, black liquorice, hint of black currant. A medium length with a clean finish of creamy ripe black fruits, chocolate and blackcurrant hints on the end, with a low-key grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and ripe quite low-key tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious and quaffable; showing a quite strong intensity, lesser concentration, following into a disappointing medium length; showing just better than moderate complexity with evidence of exposure to well-integrated oak, at least some American (coconut), and time in bottle (chocolate, tobacco, wax).
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – well-balanced with a sound acid-tannin structure, well-developed and of moderate complexity, whilst lacking concentration somewhat, definitely in the length.