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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Five Riojas From CVNE

Five Riojas from CVNE

I've long been a fan of CVNE's wines - they are never less than well-made.

The first two wines here, from 2014, are elegant but seem to be a little lacking a little in substance, so it comes as no surprise to learn that there were high levels of rainfall at harvest time.

The reds - all balanced and adept - show increasing quality as you move up the scale.

Viña Real Barrel Fermented Blanco 2014 (£11.05, Majestic) elegant apple and white peach fruit with delicate oaky creaminess and spice. Dilute and lacking intensity.

Viña Real Rosado 2014 (£11.60, Wholefoods, Hoults, The Bottleneck) light, delicate and elegant with redcurrant fruit; a little elusive and dilute. 

Viña Real Crianza 2011 (£11.05, Vinopolis, Lea & Sandeman) fresh cherry and red plum fruit, with some spice and tobacco leaf; fine tannins, but slightly lacks plump-suppleness.

Viña Real Reserva 2010 (£18.45; Hailsham Cellars, Clifton Cellars, Planet of the Grapes) red and dark berry fruit, oaky spice, supple texture and balanced freshness. Pure and adept.

Viña Real Gran Reserva 2009 (£28.85, Majestic) complex roasted spices and fresh bramble / berry fruit; supple and well-structured with assertive but fine tannins; fresh, adept and complex.

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