CVNE 2015 Imperial Reserva Rioja

$ 51.99

Winemaker Notes

The wine is deep garnet in color. On the nose, interesting aromas of wild berries and liquorice merge beautifully with notes of toffee, tobacco leaf and undergrowth from barrel ageing. The palate reveals a wine characterised by its elegance, depth of flavour and fine, velvety tannins. The finish is long and complex. This beautifully balanced wine is perfect for pairing with fish, all types of meat and cured cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

JS 95
James Suckling
A tight and linear red now with very long and direct palate that is driven and intense. Medium to full body, bright blackberry and mineral character. Just a baby now. Give it three to four years to soften. A beauty. Try in 2021.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
Based on 85% Tempranillo, with the balance Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha, the 2015 Imperial Reserva was fermented in larger French oak vats and aged in a combination of French and American oak. Dense purple-hued, with a killer nose of smoked blackcurrants, vanilla, violets, orange blossom, and cedar, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet ripe, polished tannins, and a great, great finish. This beauty is drinking well today yet has the acidity, concentration, and tannins to evolve for another 10-15 years [from 2020].
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The analysis of the 2015 Imperial Reserva is almost identical to those of the Viña Real Reserva from the same vintage, but the profile is quite different. This is the more serious Haro-style red, and it has slightly darker fruit and a medium to full-bodied palate with very good grip, powerful but with great balance. The blend is also similar—85% Tempranillo and the rest split between Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha—but these are grapes from Rioja Alta fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards. The wine matured in French and American oak barrels for two years. The wines are different, but the quality level is similar. 150,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
This balanced red shows muscle without losing grace. Black cherry, leafy, forest floor and toasty notes mingle over well-integrated tannins in a silky texture, with fresh acidity giving way to a floral, minerally finish. Drink now through 2030
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Savory oak and spicy foresty berry aromas are a touch gritty. A grabby palate with controlled astringency tastes of salty, lightly stalky plum and raspberry, along with vanilla. Earthy berry and oak flavors dominate a finish with tannic rub. Drink through 2035.