95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "Cuné’s 2015 Rioja “Viña Real” Gran Reserva is an absolutely stellar example of the vintage, coming in at a svelte 13.5 percent octane and offering up a superb aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, cassis, cigar wrapper, a beautiful base of soil tones, cloves, woodsmoke, just a touch of spiced meats and a deft framing of American and French oak seamlessly blended. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and velvety already on the attack, with a fine core, excellent mineral undertow, fine-grained tannins and superb focus and grip on the long, complex and very, very classy finish. At seven years of age, this is still in climbing mode and I would be inclined to tuck it away in the cellar for at least another five to ten years and really let it reach its zenith, but it is already very easy to drink and I can imagine that a lot of bottles are going to be very happily consumed over this coming decade! It is an absolutely great vintage of Viña Real in the making! 2027-2080. (Mar/Apr 2022)"
95 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(13.8%). Viña Real makes very different wines from sister companies CVNE and Contino, being entirely focused on the Rioja Alavesa towns of Elciego, Labastida and Laguardia. Aged in new French oak, this combines Tempranillo with 5% Graciano and is a fresh, focused, ageworthy style with black cherry and raspberry fruit and chalky minerality. 2023-30. (2021)"
95 points Peter Moser (Falstaff) (4/23/21)
94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "Glass-staining ruby. A highly complex bouquet features ripe red berry, cherry liqueur, cured tobacco and mocha scents, and a smoky mineral nuance and a hint of white pepper add urgency. Sweet, mineral-driven blackberry, cherry-vanilla, chewing tobacco and candied rose flavors show impressive depth as well as energy. Blends power and finesse with a steady hand and finishes chewy, sweet and impressively long, with youthfully gripping tannins adding framework. Drink: 2025-2036. (Apr 2021)"
|Blend||95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano|