- Reply by outthere, Jul 24.
Had an older CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva a couple years back but it was DOA.
- Reply by EMark, Jul 24.
This maker's name has always bothered me. Maybe you can help me out, Terrence.
In your title you say "pronounced C.V.N.E." Excuse my simplicity, but by that do you mean SEE-VEE-EN-EE?
Well, I just answered my own question. Looking at a bottle that I have, it is now obvious that C.V.N.E. means Compania Vinicola del Norte Espana. Please excuse the lack of a few diacritical marks. I'm using an "English Only" keyboard.
So, what is with the "Cune" that is right on the label?
I'm going to take a stab at it and suggest that it is the work of some commercial/marketing artist who created the mark to represent a script version of "Cvne."
Does anybody know for sure. It hasn't kept me awake at night, but I am curious.
- Reply by Ivesreeves, Jul 24.
Though unable to enlighten anyone on the origin or definition of the name, I sure do enjoy their 2008 Crianza. A surprisingly sweet offering, with a chocolate and raw licorice finish, a second glass was definitely called for tonight. This would make a great companion to a Friday-night tapas meal with friends. Really glad I didn't wait another year to open this as it already demonstrated the maturity and depth of a Neil Simon screenplay.
- Reply by Terence Pang, Jul 24.
from my understanding, the original CVNE name was just too much of a mouthful to pronounce after several glasses of wine. I suspect wine might also have been an issue many years ago when someone looked at the name CVNE and wrote CUNE instead for their tasting notes.
Since then, simply saying Cune (pronounced Coo-nay) will suffice. It's much easier for customers to remember and most would know that you're referring to C.V.N.E. My title was a cheeky play on words =)
I agree absolutely that the 2008 Crianza is drinking very nicely now. It is fully mature, so to those who have some tucked away, drink up! The 2009 is young and fresh, good value for money, and may I suggest it has the potential to be cellared for longer than the 2008. It'll be interesting to taste the 08 and 09 side-by-side.
- Reply by JonDerry, Jul 25.
Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated T.
PS I think I may have found my new favorite $10 wine!
- Reply by EMark, Jul 25.
Let me add my thanks, also, Terrence.
Ives, that is a great pic. Your hands are much steadier than mine.
- Reply by gregt, Jul 25.
The confusion over the name comes from a very early misreading/mispronounciation of the name that transmogrified the V into a U.
The real name is C.V.N.E. But especially in the British and US markets, which were the prime markets for the winery, it was easier to pronounce a word than a series of letters, so the name of Cune stuck.
Initially they were a négociant firm and they produced sparkling wines and brandy, but eventually they acquired their own vineyards and started producing from those. They also started to focus more on reds.
Nice that you found them in Australia! And good to hear from you Terrance - it's been a while.
Never heard of them here in the USA.