CVNE (Cune), Rioja Alta Vino Blanco “Monopole Clasico”, 2017

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This is Cvne's throwback to an ancient style: they make a traditional white Rioja and fortify it with a touch of Manzanilla sherry — an age-old trick to preserve the wine and make it taste (or so they thought, back in the day) more like Burgundy.

Although it doesn't taste like Burgundy to us, it is amazing: cool, mountain spring freshness meets brisk minerality and an ocean-breeze salinity. The fruit is reminiscent of green pear and fresh lemon, with a long finish. A serious, genre-defining white wine and a major Flatiron Wines favorite!

Professional Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

WE 92
" Aromas of lightly oxidized white fruit open this white Rioja. A full and complex palate is supported by core acidity, while this Viura-based classic tastes salty and woody, with apple, leesy yeast and dry oak notes driving a smooth finish. This contains some Manzanilla Sherry in an ode to how the wine was made 75 years ago." -Michael Schachner

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Grape Varieties: Viura with a small amount of Palomino
Softly pressed, as in the 60s, the must goes into concrete tanks for their debourbage; then into stainless steel tanks for the alcoholic fermentation. Once this is completed, the wine will go with its lees into vats and botas of 300 lts and 500 lts that have been previously used by two, three or more wines. The wine ages in these recipients for around 8 months.
The uniqueness of this wine lies in the contribution of a small quantity of manzanilla, developed by the traditional method of biological crianza under “velo de flor”.


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  • Grape Variety

    Macabeo , Palomino

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  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
old school

I have to say I'm completely biased when writing about this wine. Nevertheless I totally agree with the team at flatiron wines that the wine is completely unique. It will knock your pants off.