CVNE Pagos de Vina Real 2016


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“I hadn’t tasted the more modern wine from the Viña Real range for a while, and I was a bit surprised to see that they are already releasing the 2016 Pagos de Viña Real, pure Tempranillo aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. It’s quite a bit more classical than what I remember from the previous vintages, with less imprint of the French oak; in fact, it feels like it might have had some American oak, as it has balsamic notes of cigar ash, cold bonfire and incense. It’s medium to full-bodied with fine tannins and good grip. This is a lot more elegant and balanced. Modernity and tradition seem to converge. 5,000 bottles were filled in September 2018. Drink: 2019-2026. 94 points

I’ve put the wines from Viña Real and CVNE together, as they have traditionally been brands of the same winery; and even though Viña Real now has a separate winery, ownership and the winemaking team are the same. They have been extending their vineyards to use a higher percentage of own grapes for their wines.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)