2012 CUNE Imperial Grand Reserva Rioja



Winemaker notes:

“The wine is deep cherry red in color with gentle evolution of the color at the rim. The nose is intensely aromatic and shows a perfect balance of balsamic notes and sweet spices from the barrel ageing process with forest fruits, berries and licorice that are reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The palate is velvety and dense marked by soft, fine tannins and by a ling and fruity finish, revealing the elegance of a traditional wine. Roundness and balance make this wine perfect for pairing with cheese, red meat, game and oily fish.”

Critical acclaim:

“97 points.

“Made in a hot year, but not showing the effects of the weather, this comes from vineyards in Villalba, Briones and Torremontalbo and is another brilliant release from MarĂ­a Larrea. Savoury, sweet and well balanced, with 15% Graciano adding extra backbone and the zest that you expect from this special red. 2021-35.” – Tim Atkin, MW

“96 points.

“Glorious and typical fine oak, raspberry and cherry charm on the nose. Bright in the palate, definitely showing signs of its maturity, with softer tannins and refined leather notes. Long finish.” – Decanter

“95 points.

“The wine that represents the traditional and serious reds from Haro, the 2012 Imperial Gran Reserva is a classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo that matured in barrel for two years. It has a textbook serious Haro nose, with dark spices, ripe fruit, something balsamic and a round, full-bodied palate within the straight and serious style of the wine. 2012 was a warm year, but the wines are fresher than those from 2011. This has fine, slightly grainy tannins with good grip. A textbook Imperial Gran Reserva. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015.” – Wine Advocate

“95 points.

“The current release, the 2012 Imperial Gran Reserva checks in as a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Classic Rioja notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, toasted spices, balsamic, and lead pencil give way to a full-bodied, beautifully textured 2012 with ripe, supple tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done and just a joy to drink, although I have no doubt that it has another 15 years of longevity. It’s not a powerhouse, but I love its elegance and finesse-driven style.” – Jeb Dunnuck