Daily Wine 8/19/17:
C.V.N.E. – Imperial – Gran Reserva – Rioja – 1976
- This wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and a combined remainder of Graciano and Carinena from the Rioja DOCa wine region of northern Spain.
- Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known to Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and is still is the control of the family.
- In 1973, Contino was created to focus on single estate wines and has helped resurrect the Graciano grape from extinction.
- The Contino Vina Del Olivo is the product of a dry farmed single vineyard and the vines range from 25 to 60 years old.
- The Imperial lable is only produced in the best vintages and the 1976 was aged in new oak for 18 months.
- Cune owns 253 acres of vineyards located in Laserna near Laguardia.
- Pair this with duck and pork.