C.V.N.E. Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2015
The C.V.N.E. Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja has long held a reputation as one of the finest Rioja's and is only produced in exceptional years. The Imperial name came after a special bottling for the English market, in a measure called 'Pinta Imperial' or 'Imperial Pint' - approximately half a litre. Grapes for Imperial always come from C.V.N.E's own vineyards in the Rioja Alta where the vines are on average 20+ years old. This is a beautifully elegant blend of Tempranillo (85%), Graciano (10%) and Mazuelo (5%). Deep ruby in colour with cherry notes. Great complexity and aromatic quality of compote fruit, liquorice stick alongside those from its ageing such as spicy and balsamic aromas. The palate is smooth and silky with well defined tannins and a long and pleasant aftertaste. Imperial's capacity to age is remarkable and over the years the wine acquires complexity and nuance. Vintage after vintage, Imperials style is consistent: elegant, balanced and delicate. C.V.N.E. has vintages of Imperial dating back to 1917.