Rioja’s Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), or Cune (pronounced “COO-nay”), got its start in 1879, the inspiration of Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa. The brothers’ descendents still own the company, producing superb Riojas at every price, and in every quantity—from nearly a million bottles of the Cune Crianza red to less than 3,000 of their top wine, Real de Asúa, named after the company’s founders.
2017 CVNE Monopole Blanco
This creamy, nectarine-scented white, made from the Viura grape, has been one of CVNE’s signature wines since it was first released in 1915.
2014 CVNE Viña Real Reserva
Viña Real comes from Rioja Alavesa rather than Rioja Alta and is typically a bit darkerfruited and more earthy than CVNE’s flagship Imperial reds.
2011 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja
From a great vintage in Rioja, this profound red possesses layers of rich red cherry and cassis flavors that last long after the final sip. It will age for decades.