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This Reserva is a careful selection of perfectly ripe Tempranillo grapes, from superb vineyards in Rioja Alta, some Graciano adds more finesse and polish while a little Mazuelo brings depth...
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This Reserva is a careful selection of perfectly ripe Tempranillo grapes, from superb vineyards in Rioja Alta, some Graciano adds more finesse and polish while a little Mazuelo brings depth and colour. Two years in French and American oak casks has softened this lovely wine leaving it fragrantly aromatic and spicy with underlying rich fruit and a savoury palate with balance and elegance on the long and complex finish.

Deep cherry red in colour. The nose is attractive and complex, combining the fruit driven notes from the blend of varieties with those from the ageing in French and American oak barrels. The palate is well rounded, with the clear presence of supple, silky tannins and concludes with a long and very pleasing finish. We have here a wine which will evolve and develop well in the bottle over the years to come.

The 2016 harvest began at CVNE on the 19th September and ended on the 31st October. This was a year of excellent quality at CVNE and was characterised by a lack of rainfall between May and October. The year began with a dry, mild winter and rain at the beginning of spring. August brought higher than average temperatures and, with no rain ripening was delayed, the growing season lasting 161 days. Fortunately, rain in September gave some respite to the vines and enabled full ripening of the grapes. Although the harvest was eventually later than usual, it was of great quality and with the vines in excellent health.

Grapes from our best vineyards around the villages of Villalba, Briones and Torremontalbo, which are over 40 years old, were carefully selected in the vineyard. Hand harvesting into 20kg crates followed meticulous monitoring of the ripening process. On arrival at the winery, the grapes were placed into a cold room for 24 hours. Then a further selection of the grapes was made on a sorting table after which they were transferred by gravity to large oak vats for the alcoholic fermentation. The wine was then aged for two years in French and American oak barrels followed by two years in bottle in our centenary cellars until its release to market.

C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalise on the flourishing new trade in wine.

C.V.N.E. is based in Haro's traditional neighbourhood of the train station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days.

By 1900, the winery had an extraordinary ageing capacity of 80,000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries sold their wines as soon as possible.

C.V.N.E. is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family. Now in its fifth generation, the company has been quoted on the Madrid stock exchange since 1997.

C.V.N.E. farms half of its grape crush. The remainder is purchased from long term growers. With three wineries in the region; Cune, Viña Real and Contino the winemakers have control over quality from vineyard to bottle.

Key Facts

Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha

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