CVNE / Bodegas Contino

Imperial Gran Reserva 2014

seidig & aromatisch
Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 10%, Mazuelo 5%
14,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2022–2064
Verpackt in: 6er OHK
Lobenberg: 95–96/100
Parker: 94/100
Suckling: 94/100
Galloni: 94/100
Tim Atkin: 94/100
Wine Spectator: 93/100
Spanien, Rioja und Navarra
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Parker über: Imperial Gran Reserva

-- Parker: No 2013 was produced, as it was a very challenging year in Haro. So, from the 2012 I tasted last time, we jumped to the 2014 Imperial Gran Reserva, an icon among classical Rioja. The grapes for this blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo were picked during the first half of October at a low 13.5% alcohol and were fermented in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel. The bottles are kept for at least 36 months before they are released. As the Imperial Reserva, the style of this wine has to be preserved (they can innovate in the new Asúa range). There is a developed and subtle nose reminiscent of petrol (is it mineral?), hints of iodine and sweet spices. The palate is powerful and still a little tannic, as the wine was released even earlier because they skipped one vintage. Serious, austere, faithful to its character. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017. 94/100


Suckling über: Imperial Gran Reserva

-- Suckling: A fine-tuned and polished gran reserva with lots of finesse and linear character. Medium body. Refined and beautiful. Drink now. 94/100


Galloni über: Imperial Gran Reserva

-- Galloni: Shimmering ruby-red. An intensely perfumed nose displays cherry cola, cassis, licorice and smoky oak; floral and vanilla qualities emerge in the glass. Juicy, penetrating red and dark fruit flavors are given spine by a core of tangy acidity, and bitter chocolate, candied rose and spicecake nuances develop with air. Gently gripping tannins add shape to an impressively long, incisive finish that leaves more vanilla and cherry notes behind. Raised for 22 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. 94/100


Tim Atkin über: Imperial Gran Reserva

-- Tim Atkin: Classic CVNE, classic Imperial, this is a cuvée of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, made to mature and develop further in bottle. The oak needs a little more time to integrate, but this is the latest in a superb line up of Gran Reservas from María Larrea: dense, rich and concentrated with vibrant acidity and the freshness and focus of a cooler year. 94/100


Wine Spectator über: Imperial Gran Reserva

-- Wine Spectator: This muscular red has a thick, dense texture and muscular tannins. Plum and currant flavors mingle with clove, cola, vanilla and baking spice notes. Comes on strong, but the orange peel acidity gives way to a gentle, floral finish. Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2032. 42,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. 93/100

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