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Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 91.8 points

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    De color cereza intenso de capa media-alta, muy limpio, brillante, oscuro, tapado. Reflejos rojizos y cobrizos, luminoso. Borde estrecho, atejado, con marcada diferencia respecto al menisco.

    Un Imperial nada al uso, distinto y cumplidor. Se presenta desinhibido, ancho, cebado de apuntes cremosos y lácteos, manteca de cacao, café tostado, toffee. Sin mesura aunque un tanto lineal y falto de mayor complejidad. Hay una buena cantidad de fruta roja madura desdibujada por especias ahumadas y un fondo endrinado, licoroso, a guindas al marrasquino y una nota dulzona a bollería. No acaba de ir a más.

    En boca es mucho más ligero de lo que cabría esperar, enjunto, reposado, redondo, dotado de una acidez que levanta el conjunto. Correcto, agradable, aún marcado por la crianza aunque sin aristas. En general da la impresión de ser menos parco que la cosecha del 90. Está ya templado y se disfruta en plenitud pero difícilmente tenga las mismas posibilidades de desarrollo. Espontáneo, sin reservas, lúdico aunque falto de mayor profundidad. Se vislumbra ya hacia dónde van a ir los tiros en la siguiente década con esta marca legendaria.

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    75% tempranillo, 15% graciano, 10% mazuelo - 13% vol.
    - Permanece en depósitos hasta finalizar la fermentación maloláctica antes de ser trasegado para posteriormente criarse en madera. El vino madura durante 36 meses en barricas semi-nuevas de 225 litros, 70% de roble americano y 30% francés. Un mínimo de 36 meses de guarda 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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  • This wine does not tick all the boxes conventionally required for a big score but, in terms of distinction and sheer pleasure conveyed, it outshines most which do.

    This is a lovely, elegant and harmonious wine. Colour was a limpid but not very deep red with some bricking at the rim. The nose was discreet but with some fine red fruit and restrained flowers mingled with hints of vanilla and tobacco. The palate was medium bodied at most and linear in shape and even lean but provided a perfect vehicle for some lovely bright and decently acid red fruit with a raspberry tinge, fragrant floral aromas, touches of forest floor and a gentle sweetness again mingled with discreet vanilla and tobacco. Tannins were beautifully resolved but left the right support for the finish. I feared at first that the wine might be too self effacing for some delicious lamb but in the event the pairing was perfect. Really excellent.

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  • K&L Wine Merchants Special Rioja Tasting - Cune/Contino (K&L Wine Merchants(Redwood City, CA)): Brick red color with perfumed red fruit, dried tobacco leaf, spice, and pencil lead aromas. On the palate, it medium-bodied and silky smooth and impeccably balanced with dried cherry, and spice flavors. Long finish.

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  • Imperial Gran Reserva Vertical Tasting / Cata Vertical Imperial Gran Reserva (Bodega Santa Cecilia - Madrid): Fermented in concreted. Bordeaux-like colour (brilliant brick). The sort of wine nose I adore. Toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, surprisingly artichokes and pencil lead. Perfect wax aroma. Honey. Profund and complex. Gliceric, creamy, milky mouthfeel. Refreshing palate with a balanced acidity. 1988 was just a fair harvest for Rioja but a very good one for Cune. My WOTN.

    Fermentado en hormigón. Color Burdeos (ladrillo brillante). La clase de nariz que adoro. Toffee, canela, vainilla, clavo, sorprendentemente alcachofas y mina de lápiz. Perfecto aroma a cera.Miel. Profunda y compleja. Sensación en boca glicérica, cremosa, láctica. Refrescante paladar con una acidez equilibrada. 1988 fue solo una cosecha regular para Rioja pero muy buena para Cune. Mi favorito.

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  • 85% Tempranillo 10% Mazuela, 5% Garnacha y Graciano.
    Alc 13%

    Light red core lightening towards rim.
    Remarkably un bricked.
    Lovely nose of aged Rioja. Nothing overpowering here.
    Restraint, elegance. Tasted more mature than it looked.
    To be critical it was perhaps a touch dilute but that only added to the
    Sense of restraint. Quite Bordeaux like I thought.

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