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Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 92.8 points

  • Holds well, lots of tertiary aromas like leather, tobacco,sweet dried fruit. Balanced and long. This bottle was excellent.

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  • Beautiful, youthful clarity in the glass. The only clue to this bottle's age was some pleasant (to me) barnyard and leather on the nose. Otherwise, it was a carefree 12 year old girl skipping down the street on a summer's afternoon. If wine was a girl and could skip.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/imperial-1987-gran-reserva.html
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    De color rubí granatoso de capa media, ligeramente granulado con un finísimo precipitado en la base de la botella. Reflejos brillantes, ambarinos. Borde amplio, atejado.

    Muy potente en nariz, abierto, limpio, directo. Inicialmente sin los habituales reductivos que hemos encontrado en otros Imperial de la misma época. Hay un claro predominio de las notas de fruta roja licorosa, guinda escarchada, junto a un fondo de vainilla fina que no oculta el cacao tostado y un ligero apunte balsámico a granos de café verde. Adelgaza poco a poco pero no pierde un ápice de elegancia. Salen discretas notas de caja de puros, cuero ruso, tierra húmeda y un ahumado de gran calidad.

    En boca es recio, concentrado, seco, denso, muy bien armado. Dotado de una estructura pétra y de fuerte acidez.Poderoso, sin artificios, en la línea clásica de los antiguos Imperiales que conjuban finura y solidez. No evoluciona ni un palmo. Ahí está: desafiante, hiératico, sin bajar la guardia... Un peso pesado con mucha pegada que está encajando el paso de los años como un campeón. En su estilo es de los mejores vinos probados en mucho tiempo. Da gusto ver que Rioja sigue siendo Rioja y que Cvne es capaz de sorprendernos, de vez en cuando, sacando de su tierra estos diamantes en bruto sin pulir.

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    75% tempranillo, 15% graciano, 10% mazuelo - 12.5% vol.
    Permanece durante 12 meses en depósitos para finalizar la fermentación maloláctica y reposar antes de pasar a criarse en madera. El vino madura durante 36 meses en barricas semi-nuevas de 225 litros, 70% de roble americano y 30% francés. Según la cosecha se deja descansar entre 36 y 60 meses en los botelleros de los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado a mediados de la década de los 90. Reencorchado cada 20 años.
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  • Recent library release bottle from the winery. Opened for several hours then decanted briefly before serving. Dusky and opaque black cherry core colour fading to rusty amber translucency at the edge of the glass. Impressive glycerine legs for a 12.5% wine. Nose is immediately lovely sun-warmed velvet on an old chaise longue in a dusty old house followed by quite primary ripe raspberries fruit and a wrapper of agreeable sweaty saddle leather. Palate is all the high notes of the piano with still a lot of tannin and high acidity. The back end returns to a lovely velvety plushness and it has quite a heady finish but in a light and feminine way. Light and Burgundian in character. Made in the very old-school manner of Rioja, this is still rather too young to fully enjoy on the palate but the nose is gorgeous. Keep for another 3-5 years at least before trying again. Post Script: after leaving the second half of this bottle unvacuumed but with the cork in for 18 hours from the preceding part of this note, this blossomed into a beauty as the nose got even better and the palate softened into velvety gorgeousness but retaining a youthful and refreshing acidity. I scored this 88 yesterday but today it's at least 92. Fantastic stuff.....this is why I love wine.

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  • Oxidized.

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