2014 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja [WA94][JS94][WS93][WE92]

2014 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja

2014 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja [WA94][JS94][WS93][WE92]

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Producer: Cune (CVNE) 
Region: RiojaSpain  
Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo
Year: 2014 

Wine Advocate, 94 Points 

"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." 

James Suckling, 94 Points 

"A fine-tuned and polished gran reserva with lots of finesse and linear character. Medium body. Refined and beautiful." 

Wine Spectator, 93 Points 

"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." 

Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points 

"Rooty, reedy aromas of licorice and fennel blend with oak grain and spiced berry and cherry scents to form a welcoming nose. The palate on this gran reserva from a difficult year feels lean and linear, with raw acidity. Plum, currant and vanilla oak flavors turn dry, tight, snappy and a touch tart on the finish. Drink through 2032." 

Alcohol: 14% 

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