It’s called Cune because the V of the initialism used for Compania Vinicola del Norte Espana (CVNE) looks like a U, especially so because CVNE cannot be pronounced (which is why CVNE is an initialism and Cune is an acronym). Be all that as it may, this is really a nice wine; it goes down easy and is priced easy, too; less than $9 depending on where you get it. It’s also a fact that most critics agree that this is a great wine, all the principal reviewers giving it a 90-point rating, which is excellent. According to The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez, “The red 2016 Cune Crianza is an affordable and classical blend of Tempranillo with some 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo that is easy to drink and understand, with a soft palate and an approachable profile. It has a bright nose with red fruit rather than black, quite aromatic and expressive. The palate is soft and approachable, very easy to drink, with a touch of freshness.” It’s drinking well now, and should improve through the end of its “drinking window,” in 2022. I got mine from Wine Library for $8.98 a bottle.

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