A Classic Among Classics - 2010 Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja, CVNE

Time and time again, Rioja stalwart CVNE delivers with their Imperial Gran Reserva. It is one of Spain’s great red wines and is always popular with our customers. At £360 per 12 bottles in bond, it has to be one of the best value wines coming out of Spain today.

The Wine Advocate’s Spanish expert, Luis Gutierrez says “…we're in for a treat with the 2010 Imperial Gran Reserva, a classic among classics in a classic vintage.” Josh Raynolds who works for Galloni’s Vinous publication says “In the context of world-class Spanish wines, which this one is, there's truly outstanding value here.”

La Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE for short) is one of Rioja’s legendary bodegas. Founded in 1879, the company owns some of the region’s oldest vineyards and the wines are known for their very high quality but also for being exceptional value for money. This particular wine is made from vines with an average age of 50 years from the prestigious Rioja Alta. It is made only in vintages that CVNE deem good enough and the wine spends a minimum of 2 years in both French and American oak. Stylistically, the clever thing that CVNE has done in recent times is to make a wine that embraces both tradition and modernity at the same time. The end result bridges the gap between the old and new Rioja styles with elegance and authority.

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2010 Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja, CVNE

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“We're in for a treat with the 2010 Imperial Gran Reserva, a classic among classics in a classic vintage. It's very spicy and still slightly oaky, with ripe fruit without any excess; it is a serious, somehow Bordeaux-like, less-perfumed red. The palate shows that seriousness, with some dusty tannins and a dry finish. The texture is a little earthy, very good for food. This could be drunk now, but I'd give it some time in the bottle. The oak feels very nicely integrated, less noticeable than in warmer vintages like 2009. A very good vintage for this bottling. The category that was close to disappearing ten years ago seems to be alive and kicking with 50,000 bottles produced in 2010.”

94 points, Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

“(aged for three years in American and French oak and then held back for four years before release) Vivid ruby-red. Smoky oak-accented red berries, cherry pit, incense and mocha aromas show outstanding clarity and vivacity. Sweet, expansive, palate-staining raspberry, cherry pie, vanilla and floral pastille flavors fan out steadily on the back half. The smoky note reemerges on an impressively long, floral- and spice-driven finish that's given shape by supple, harmonious tannins. In the context of world-class Spanish wines, which this one is, there's truly outstanding value here.”

94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com



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