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An excellent introduction to the quality of C.V.N.E.’s wines; this Crianza is made from premium Rioja Alta grapes and shows classic touches of vanilla and spice, punching well above its...
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An excellent introduction to the quality of C.V.N.E.’s wines; this Crianza is made from premium Rioja Alta grapes and shows classic touches of vanilla and spice, punching well above its weight.

Bright garnet colour with purple trim. A young Crianza, where red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in American oak. On the palate this wine is very pleasant, round and balanced with notes of sweetness, pastry and a liquorice aftertaste. Ideal partner for Mediterranean food.

During 2014 the climate was favourable resulting in a good vegetative cycle. Both summer and the harvest time have been marked by more rainfall than expected. Once again, the preventive treatments performed in our vineyards, such as cluster thinning and stripping the leaves off have allowed us to obtain high quality grapes.

The grapes were hand picked from selected vineyards and, following destalking, they were fermented at controlled temperatures between 28¼° C and 30¼° C. Following a full malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity, and add extra roundness and softeness, the wine was matured for eighteen months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels, with rackings every six months. After bottling, the wine was cellared for a year before being released.

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

Size
75cl
Grapes
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Vintage
2014
ABV %
13.50%
Organic
Unknown
Vegan
Unknown

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