Tempranillo/Garnacha * 75cl * 14% ABV * Rioja, Spain
CVNE (Compagna Vinicola del Norte de Espana) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in Spain. Founded in 1879, the company has been an integral part of the Rioja region's ascendance in the world of fine wine. This wine shows superb balance and harmony for the price - it has one of those noses (subtle spice, liquorice, cassis) that demands attention over and over. Not as full as the Contino - it has been equated to a full-bodied Pinot - but nevertheless silky and eminently enjoyable.