Top 10 wines in the UK press

6th January, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Cune Reserva Rioja Imperial 2005

Cune Reserva Rioja Imperial 2005

Wine writer Fiona Beckett this week recommended a “seductive” Gran Reserva Rioja as her wine of the week.

She said: “It’s easy to overlook the familiar in favour of the esoteric, particularly when you’re a wine writer but it’s hard to think of a bottle that consistently gives more pleasure than Cune’s Gran Reserva Imperial Rioja.

“OK, it’s not cheap but even the recommended retail price of £26.99 is not a great deal to pay for a wine that you can rely on to impress.”

She added: “Having enjoyed the 2001 and 2004 (which I’ve just discovered was voted Wine Spectactor wine of the year) I was a little apprehensive about the 2005 – an unusually hot vintage – but it has the same seductive, soft, velvety fruit that other gran reservas struggle to preserve.

“The Rioja authorities categorised the vintage ‘excellent’ but then all their vintages are rated at least ‘good’.”

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