CVNE Imperial Reserva 2014
96 pts Tim Atkins
Imperial is one of the great names in Spanish winemaking. This wine is a true classic in Rioja and was first made in the 1920’s.
Intense body of cherry color with a hint of purple highlights.
Aroma's of forest fruits, violets and licorice as well as notes of clove and cigar leaves. This wine has a softness on the mouth with a silky tannin which give it a long and balsamic aftertaste.
Made from a selection of the best grapes from the Rioja Alta vineyards that were hand harvested. Before starting the fermentation, the bunches of grapes were cooled down and kept at a low temperature for some hours. The fermentation took place in French oak vats. During the second fermentation, the acidity of the wine decreases. The wine was then aged in both American and French oak casks for two years, followed by another two years in bottle prior to its release in the market.
The 2014 Imperial Reserva is 85% Tempranillo with 5% each of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha fermented in stainless steel vats and matured in oak barrels for two years. It's the more balsamic and aromatic of all the Reservas, with intoxicating aromas of cigar box, ash, incense, old furniture, faint smoke and spices. There is good ripeness, without excess. I think this is a real triumph over the challenging conditions of the year, with harmony and balance, good acidity and very fine tannins. It's not a super vintage, but a noteworthy one, with all that is needed to develop in bottle. 150,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017.
Intense body of cherry color with beautiful purple highlights.
Aroma's of forest fruits, violets and licorice with reminiscences to Atlantic forest with notes to clove and cigar leaves. In the mouth it has a softness in perfect balance with a silky tannin which gives this wine a long and balsamic aftertaste where the aromas are intermingled to make this wine so elegant.
It pairs well with fatty fish, game, red meat and cured cheeses. Recommended service temperature 18ºC.
During 2014, the climatology was favorable resulting in a vegetative cycle. Both the summer months and the harvest time had been marked by more rain than expected. At this winery there are preventive treatments performed in the vineyards, such as thinning clusters and leaves have allowed us to obtain a high quality grapes. The optimum time to harvest began the 23rd of September, when the white grapes started to get harvested then and continued with red grapes, until it was finished on 22nd October with good perspectives.