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Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004

Jeffery Lindenmuth - January/February 2014

A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo grapes and aged in new French and American oak, this wine nimbly walks the line of heritage and modernity, its aromas of blackberry and cherry married with leather, licorice, tobacco, and spice. Medium-bodied, with solid structure and great depth, this plush red shows good maturity now, but has a long life ahead. Wine Spectator’s 2013 Wine of the Year.
Score: 95
Cost: $500
Cases: 4,000

Note: Wine Spectator rates on a 100-point scale. 95–100: Classic, a great wine. 90–94: Outstanding, superior style and character. 80–89: Good to very good, a wine with special qualities. Prices listed are average wholesale case prices. All ratings are taken from Wine Spectator with permission. Wine Spectator School professional courses are now free with a WineSpectator.com membership ($49)