2014 CVNE - Imperial Gran Reserva (93 pts) @cvnevino
ℹ️ This wine is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo from vineyards in Rioja Alta sub-region of Rioja, Spain. Fermentation takes place in French oak vats. The wine is aged 24 months in a combination of new American and French oak barrels with racking every 8 months, before releasing the wine ages an additional 36 months in bottle.
👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim
👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of cardamom, star anise, vanilla, smoked meat, polished leather, tarragon, fennel, dried cherry, plum, licorice, root beer, and bittersweet cocoa powder.
👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ powdery tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is even more savory than the nose, underpinning the fruit with a complex array of tertiary notes from long oak aging. A medium+ length finish of sweet baking spices, dried herbs, and bittersweet cocoa powder.
🔔 2014 Imperial Gran Reserva is aromatically complex and texturally rewarding. The acidity, tannins, and alcohol are all working together in balance on the palate. This wine has a savory edge that harkens back to the classic style of Rioja. The 2014 Imperial shows dried herbs, baking spices, and smoked meat over plush, ripe fruit profile. This wine blossoms with air showing the hallmarks of a traditional long aging process in a combination of new French and American oak. It is a polarizing wine style for many, with most loving it or hating it.
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