Cune Rioja Reserva: seasonal classic pleasure

under 25 blueA lovely classic Rioja Reserva with ripe dark red Fruit, easy going tannin, succulent body. Sexy on its own or pleased to assist with a wholesome bite of your favourite wholesome dish. At this time of year some oven roasted rabbit seasoned with lemon, honey, rosemary and thyme should do the job perfectly well!

Cune make very good benchmark quality wine and this 2013 reception is no exception.

£12.99 from Majestic (or cheaper when mixed with a case of 6)

Available in the UK from Majestic, Waitrose Wine Cellar

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