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.
VINTAGE / HARVEST DESCRIPTION
The 2007 vintage has been rated by the Rioja DOC as excellent, with very healthy grapes at harvest. Rains were moderate, yet stable during the whole winter and through the month of May, with also moderate temperatures, what advanced the growth cycle 10 days over the precious year. Spring and summer were particularly dry with temperatures higher than the average of the previous years. September started with milder temperatures, what allowed for an excellent phenolic maturation of the grapes. Harvest in our vineyards started in mid September and lasted until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes was optimal in general terms.
Intense ruby red color. The nose is rich and enticing with black and red berry fruit and liquorice notes. The palate is generously fruity with toasty oak, supple tannins and savoury balsamic nuances and a long finish.
PARKER POINTS 93
"The 2007 Imperial Gran Reserva is again a great wine in the making. Red fruit and plenty of spices (nutmeg), the palate shows great acidity and abundant tannins that need resolving with time in bottle. Great tension and nerve. I think it will take some time to be released, which is good as it will require some patience. Drink 2016-2021."
CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. The Imperial Gran Reserva is back at the helm of quality.
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