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Community Tasting Notes (23) Avg Score: 92.5 points

  • Not quite as vibrant/youthful as past bottles, but still quite nice. Not much fruit or structure left, but this is gentle and balanced. Gained complexity with air.

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  • Sam's wine stepped in and pushed the competition aside. This is not a subtle wine. The nose was closed at first but then exploded - soaring and exotic notes of spice, meat, marzipan, strawberry? It's so concentrated that it's got saline things going on, with a sweetness and vanilla from the oak - it's very exotic and heady. The palate is salty, meaty, cherry-strawberry rhubarb and stones, Delicious. One of the WOTNs for me. On reflection, the nose reminded me of some of the best bottles of 70 Unico that I've had. Nose - 6/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.

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  • Really quite nice, soft mouthfeel, creamy texture, lots of soft baked fruit of the black/brown chocolate-y variety. Next to the 1952 C.V.N.E. Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial, this showed much younger and darker and not as evolved nor as complex. Yet. Friday night at Sarah's apartment.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/07/imperial-1976-gran-reserva.html
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    Muy claro, brillante, de color rubí marronoso de capa media-baja, sin apenas diferencias entre menisco y ribete. Reflejos rojizos y ambarinos, borde teja.

    Un compendio de notas reductivas, de enorme elegancia y clasicismo. Inicialmente parece una chimenea: humo, carbonilla, sándalo, granos de pimienta, ahumados, maderas exóticas y un fondo balsámico-vegetal (salvia, laurel, hoja de morera). A ratos parece "cabernetear" con aromas que recuerdan a fruta negra confitada, torcidas de regaliz y herbolario. Gana en suavidad con apuntes de madera avainillada, cremosos, escarchados, que derivan a un perfil tradicional a cuadra, cueros, faisandaje, tierra húmeda, terrosos. Muy sólido y estable.

    En boca tiene muchas similitudes al Viña Real 76. Maduro, cremoso, casi achocolatado, lleno de especias y tostados elegantes. No se hace nada pesado gracias a su acidez intensa. Fruta reducida, licorosa, picante, con taninos fundidos, grasos. Un Imperial diferente, de añada difícil, sin defectos, que muestra una madurez e integración absoluta. La impresión general es que la añada se hace notar como en pocas ocasiones. Para beber ya!!!

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    75% tempranillo, 15% graciano, 10% mazuelo - 13% 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. Embotellado en la primavera de 1981. 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 80. Reencorchado cada 20 años.
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  • Crumbling, soaked cork. Pale/medium mahogany core, wide pale amber rim. Moderately intense, developed, complex nose, showing earth, notes of old leaves, some sweet tea, spice and hints of soy and orange peel. Light/medium bodied on the palate, very mellow with no notable remaining tannin, earth, leather, liquorice, some remnants of dried red fruit, in truth a little lean and tired with a moderate length finish. Palate a little disappointing given the nose and whilst still drinkable and quite interesting this bottle I think had seen better days.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/1/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) Bricked medium dark orange red color with pale meniscus; lovely, smoky, autumnal, roasted meat jus nose; rich but poised, autumnal, lightly smoky, light meat jus palate; should go 8-10 more years; long finish 93+ points

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva) The colour is a very pale, burnt earth-mahogany hue, which isn't particularly reassuring, but the aromas are just fabulous. Leaping from the glass within seconds of being poured; we have well hung game, sweet macerated fruit, bloody meat, rust and iron filings, interspersed with notes of decay. Initially it seems a little light despite this complexity, but with time it shows more apparent depth, and this comes through on the palate too. Lovely texture on entry, dry and still with a good backbone of tannins, and firm acidity too, I get the immediate impression that, no matter how well developed, this is a wine that could go on and on in the cellar for many years yet, if not decades. There is a well defined texture to it, quite fine and savoury, linear and firm, and towards the finish it shows an almost sour fruit on top of these characteristics, and the length! It goes on and on.....this is just divine stuff. Long may the believers in real Rioja prosper!

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