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C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was ...Read more...
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C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalize on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in the traditional neighbourhood of the station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. Manual harvesting of the better bunches of grapes out of our plot Viña del Olivo (around an approximately 1000 year old olive tree), that were put in 20 kilo baskets to transport them into the winery to be fermented in our 100 hecolitre French oak winemaking vats at 28-30°C for 10 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels, and for the barrel ageing we put the wine in French, American and Hungarian oak casks successively along 17 months. Finally, the wine has stayed ageing in bottle for over a year. This 'Contino Viña del Olivo' is still fairly young, intensely coloured with purple and violet shades . It has persistent and intense aromas with cedar , spices and toasty hints over a fresh background of blackberries and plums. This wine is fresh and fruity to the palate with an aftertaste where violets and red fruits stand out , well balanced , elegant with firm tannins.
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