CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2004
"Medium to full-bodied...it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 10%, Mazuelo 5%|
|Winemaker||Eva de Benito|
CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 was purchased in its original case and is a rich, full-bodied Rioja style with great aging potential.
CVNE is quite a mouthful in both the glass and in its full name: Compagna Vinicola del Norte de Espana. The estate was established in the 19th century by two brothers from the Real de Asua family, and has been at the heart of the fine Rioja scene ever since, combining tradition and history with innovative approaches. Today, it is renowned for its modern style Riojas under the control of the fifth generation of Real de Asuas.
"The 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality." robertparker.com
"Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with air. Supple, sweet and expansive on the finish, which leaves smoke and cherry pastry notes behind." Josh Raynolds
"...the brightest jewel in CVNE's Haro crown is Imperial..." Decanter