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Excellent reviews by James Suckling

02 Jun 2022

We’re happy to share some great reviews by wine critic James Suckling in his latest report:

“Carmenere spreads its wings, and Rioja’s promising 2019: Weekly tasting report (May 18-24).”



In the article, James Suckling highlights Imperial Gran Reserva 2016 as the wine best rated:

“The Spanish wine we rated highest over the past week was the CUNE Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2016, a blend of 85 percent tempranillo, 10 percent graciano and 5 percent mazuelo. James Suckling described it as one of the greatest modern gran reservas today, with refined and bountiful tannins backed by intense and layered flavors.”


Furthermore, he highlights the wines Real de Asúa 2019 and Contino Viña del Olivo 2019 as some of the best wines in this tasting; wines that show the great potential of the 2019 vintage.

“The CUNE Rioja Real de Asúa 2019, Muga Rioja Torre 2019 and Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo 2019 are among the top wines we tasted that demonstrate the huge potential of 2019.”


  • Imperial Gran Reserva’16: 98 points
  • Cune Real de Asúa’19: 97 points
  • Cune Gran Reserva’16: 95 points
  • Viña Real Gran Reserva’16: 95 points
  • Bakeder’20: 93 points


  • Contino Viña del Olivo’19: 96 points
  • Contino Gran Reserva’17:  94 points

Virgen del Galir: A Villeira’20: 94 points

Roger Goulart: Roger Goulart Josep Valls Gran Reserva 2018: 91 points

Bodega Bela: Arano Moradillo de Roa’ 19: 95 points


Read the complete reviews of our wines here: James Suckling Rioja_Ribera_Cava_Valdeorras_May2022

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