Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine! – 2005 Cune Imperial Rioja Just Arrived! – 95 Points!

Cune Imperial: A Benchmark Rioja

There are a handful of producers…….that have found a middle ground…rooted in history yet open to innovation. Among them, the benchmark bottling, for its pedigree and consistency, may be Cune Imperial.


-Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor of Wine Spectator

The 2004 Vintage of Cune (CVNE) Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva was Wine Spectator’s #1 wine of the year for 2013. 

With a 95 Point Review and $64 release price, everyone was asking about it, but the wine was long gone by the time Wine Spectator announced it as the wine of the year.

We just tried the newly released 2005 bottling of this Imperial Gran Reserva from Cune and it is spectacular!

Today we received our only allocation of 120 bottles, and Every red wine collection should include at least a few bottles of perfectly aged Rioja!

It’s classically medium in body with with dark fruits and solid intensity, length, and structure. Everything is in perfect balance and it becomes very drinkable after a short period of breathing time. 24 months in French and American oak give it some old-world cedar aromas, and the alcohol level is a modest 13.5%.  Each sip pulls you into the next.

Sarah Catherine’s Tasting Notes:

Perfumes into the perfect aroma of a well-stocked humidor. Evidence of tobacco leaf and spice with penetrating notes of cherry and vanilla extract. Impressions the palate with wonderful persistence – balanced tannins married with lively fruit. This one will only get better and better…and better! But my, how beautiful a baby this is right now. Surely to be a stunning wine with maturity. -SC

2005 Cune Imperial 

Rioja Gran Reserva

85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Rioja, Spaine

95 Points Wine Advocate

1-5 Bottles – $63.99

6+ Bottles – $57.59 (10% Off)


A solid six-pack is $345.54 before tax


Only 120 bottles are available – currently in stock!

Background: (with some help from Wine Spectator and Michael Skurnik)

Cune (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, or CVNE) was one of the first Spanish wineries to bottle and export its wines, and one of its earliest labels, which gained renown in the 1920s, was called Imperial. Intended for the English market, the wine was bottled in the size of an “Imperial pint” (about 50 cl).  Thank goodness, the bottles are a little larger now!

From the Wine Advocate Review: 95 Points – Luis Guiterrez Reviewer

The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit of wine to make sure; yes, it’s truly elegant and classic. This is a great wine, which transports you to the old Grand Reservas of yesteryear. It delivers great quality at a great price Drink 2016-2023.

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