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C.V.N.E. Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2009

C.V.N.E. Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2009

Sku: P57092

 Wine Advocate 93 points (Apr 2015)
The 2009 Imperial Gran Reserva, the textbook blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano and Mazuelo, is fermented in oak vats with malo in barrels (part did it in cement) where it matured for two years and the bottles rested in their caves for no less than three years before being released. In this ripe and approachable vintage the wine is soft and round, showing the classical aromas inherited for the American oak along with very balsamic notes of incense, cigar ash, old furniture and good, ripe black fruit in the background. The palate shows more abundant tannins, slightly grainy in nature and an ending that is quite dry. I would wait on this one, but it should develop nicely in bottle. 50,000 bottles produced.
 Wine Spectator 93 points (Jun 3 2015)
Plum and currant flavors mingle with notes of espresso, tobacco, dried herb and spice in this solid red. Firm tannins and orange peel acidity give this structure. Drink now through 2024.-T.M.

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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub-Region: Rioja Alta
Grape Varietal: Graciano,Mazuelo,Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
Classification: Doca
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Reg. $74.99

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