2016 Imperial Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja

2016 Imperial Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja

Having spent 24 months in a mix of French and American oak, this more modern style Rioja is displaying attractive purple and black fruit aromas. Notes of cinnamon, coconut and licorice spice. Tannins are fine grained with some grip, yet extremely well integrated given this wine is still so young. There is a red berry fruit concentration on the palate that continues for a long time on the finish and is balanced spectactularly with a lively acidity.

Critic score
95/100 info
Case, 6 Bottles
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Wine details

  • Region & country
  • Grape
    85% Tempranillo/Aragonez/Tinta Roriz
    10% Graciano
    5% Carignan/Cariñena/Mazuelo
  • Maturity
    Ready 2024 - 2040info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

The classical 2016 Imperial Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from grapes that were picked between October 10 and 25 with good ripeness, delivering a wine with 14.5% alcohol after fermenting in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel and three in bottle. I was quite surprised, because the wine was quite closed and needed energetic swirling and time in the glass to reveal its true colors. It has more stuffing and finesse than the reserva. 2016 was a very good vintage, with freshness and balance to develop nicely in bottle. The tannins are very fine, and the wine is tasty and long. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (July 2022)

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