2011 CUNE Imperial Grand Reserva Rioja
“#5 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019
“Imperial is one of the great wines of Spain. A classic Rioja born in the twenties. Imperial is only elaborated in excellent vintages in Rioja Alta.
“Intense garnet color with bluish notes on the meniscus. In the nose we discover a perfect aromatic balance where the fruits of the forest and licorice stand out along with the aromas from pine, cigar leaf and sweet spices. Through the palate it is marked by a soft tannin followed by a long and elegant finish, which leads us to a balsamic aftertaste leaving us the memory of a round and balanced wine able to be paired with cheeses, red meat, game and fatty fish, even to take simply with someone else. Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo.”
“This is a fabulous gran reserva from a very good but lightly heralded vintage. Aromas of spiced plum, black olive, fig, tobacco and cassis come together like a puzzle. A deep, pure palate shows near-perfect balance, while this tastes of plum berry fruits and earthy spice. Smooth, elegant and chocolaty on the finish, this delivers all one can ask for from Rioja. Drink through 2035.” – Wine Enthusiast