★ Good Wine “Obviously Rioja with a very pretty ruby hue. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry, baking spice and fresh fruit. More savoury on the palate with herby green tannins nicely integrated around poached strawberries, black pepper, cardamom and clove. This wine is a moreish and reliable choice for Rioja fans.“
Tempranillo (85%) with Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo. 13.5% abv. Steel vat fermentation followed by maturation in used American oak for one year.
Grown in: Rioja Alta, SPAIN.
This is a Rioja I’d opt for if you just want a nice glass of red and a good natter. If you are going to drink it with food, keep it simple – pasta, pizza, grilled meats.
Disclosure & Price
Purchased at full price for a half bottle via The Little Fine Wine Co. subscription. Find in the UK for circa £10 online.
Reviewed and tasted: 11/12/2023
About the Producer
Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España, or C.V.N.E., is one of the oldest Rioja estates with over 400 hectares of vines in the Rioja Alta. It was founded by the Real de Asua brothers and is managed by the 5th generation of the family today.