Asúa Rioja Reserva 2013
Asúa Rioja Reserva pays tribute to the Real de Asúa brothers who founded C.V.N.E. in the 1870s.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, which is shortened to CVNE but was once misspelled and has been known as Cune (pronounced “coo-nay”) by many ever since, is one of Riojas ‘big four’ based in Haro (the others being Muga, La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia). Named after the pioneering Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, whose descendants still run the winery to this day, this new wine was created using Tempranillo grown in the CVNE estate in the Rioja Alta sub-region and was vinified in the legendary Imperial winery and matured in a warehouse designed by Gustave Eiffel.
This is classic Spain – right down to the label featuring a painting by the radical Madrid-born artist Eduardo Arroyo Rodríguez (a big fan of bullfighting who was less enamoured with Franco) – blending the spirit of traditional Rioja with modern winemaking techniques. Matured in a combination of French and America oak for 18 months, it’s an intense hit of wild berries, sweet woody spices, cigar, balsamic and liquorice, finished with the kiss of vanilla. Less woody than some of CVNE’s other Reservas, it’s silky smooth from its long period of ageing, but still immensely vibrant and fresh, suggesting a long life ahead of it. Consider pairing with roast lamb, winter stews, sausages, game, salty cheese, tagine or tapas. Asúa is a gorgeous new thoroughbred from the CVNE stable that’s guaranteed to appeal to Rioja aficionados and Iberophiles.
£3 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3363937
Style No.: 854710
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