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    7
  • Decanting time

    2h
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    now to 2035
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    Pork Tenderloin

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The Story

Imperial is one of the renowned references in the entire history of Spanish winemaking. It is a true classic in Rioja and was first bottled in the 1920’s. Its name was originally adopted after a special bottling for the English market in a bottle called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint’ (an Imperial pint, half a litre approximately). 

Vineyard

The grapes to make Imperial have always come from our own 28 hectares of vineyards in Villalba (Rioja Alta), and selected vineyards in the nearby communes of Briones and Montalvo, where our vines average age is kept over 20 years to secure quality. 

Rioja Alta is the westernmost part of Rioja's three subregions. Its climate is noticeably influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The soil in Rioja Alta is rich in iron salts, limestone and clay, along with nutrients deposited in the region by the tributaries of the Ebro River. Rioja Alta is known for producing full-bodied wines with a medium alcohol content and a high acidity level that are suitable for being aged in casks, forming the basis of most red Rioja

 

Aging in cask 36moths and aging in bottle 48 moths before going to market .
This wine is produced from grapes harvested in vineyards that are over 20 years old in the area around Villalba and Haro in Rioja Alta. They are bush pruned, with low yields, and hand harvested. Only the healthiest and ripest grapes are selected, and following destalking, the grapes are cold macerated prior to a cold temperature fermentation. Following a long maceration to achieve optimum colour and structure, the wine goes through a malolactic fermentation, to refine the wine, and to leave it with the necessary acidity to complete its American and French oak maturation, and subsequent bottle ageing prior to its release to the market.

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Wine Information

A typical vintage with unequal and heterogeneous maturation due to water stress and the lack of temperature contrasts between day and night. These conditions have strengthened the need to make a good selection in the vineyard and in the arrival of the grapes in the winery. The main characteristic of this harvest has been the excellent sanity of the grapes and the development of fermentations without incidences. Although the ripening has been a week ahead of previous years, the wines obtained are well structured, with high polyphenol contents and good color intensities, qualities that augur high quality wines.

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I'm always looking forward to tasting CVNE's Gran Reserva bottlings, especially the 2011 Imperial Gran Reserva, as the year was highly praised, and I was very curious to see how it behaved. It's a classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo that matured in barrel for two years. It has good depth and complexity in the nose, nicely layered, very balsamic and tertiary. It feels elegant and harmonious. The palate is surprisingly fresh and vibrant, with finesse, freshness, fine and mostly resolved tannins and a fine thread of acidity that holds and lifts up the finish. 50,000 bottles were filled in June 2014.

Like most producers in Rioja (and elsewhere in Spain), CVNE lost some 70% of their crop in 2017, a year marked by frost and drought. The whites and rosés are not as vibrant as 2016 (a very good year overall), and the reds are better in 2017 than whites. As for 2016, it's a year of quantity and quality, with vibrant whites. 2015 is more homogeneous and dry and 2014 very challenging and very heterogeneous. Víctor Urrutia's classification would be: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. But it's early to say much about 2017, which has just finished malolactic. They have invested in buying new vineyards in the last few years.

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This red remains fresh and juicy, featuring cherry, berry and licorice flavors mingling with smoke, coffee and mineral notes. Light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity keep this balanced.

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Origin

Haro, Rioja

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Inside Information

Intense garnet color with bluish notes on the meniscus. In the nose we discover a perfect aromatic balance where the fruits of the forest and licorice stand out along with the aromas from pine, cigar leaf and sweet spices. Through the palate it is marked by a soft tannin followed by a long and elegant finish, which leads us to a balsamic aftertaste leaving us the memory of a round and balanced wine able to be paired with cheeses, red meat, game and fatty fish, even to take simply with someone else. Service temperature 18oC.

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