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Community Tasting Notes (18) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • This suffered from a combination of its cork that fell into the bottle even using the Durand, and at least as much from being drunk next to the 66 Vina Real. No signs of seepage on the bottle. Double decanted 8 hours ahead and drunk over 3 hours.

    A darker and more brooding nose, with some salt cured olives, cured meat, more apparent dried wood, old coffee grinds, and a little fig- that made us wonder about bottle soundness. Riper and painted with a much broader stroke than the Vina Real. A bit brutish, but its edges did soften and improve over a couple hours of drinking it. The palate was better than the nose. Outstanding texture and there was depth, but with less purity and focus, and a bit of a clumsy edge to it. I like the previous descriptor of "thick". Quite youthful considering its 49 years. Nonetheless, very good, close to outstanding. If it was flawed, I'd love to try a representative bottle, as I think that would be a treat. I don't have energy enough experience with these wines to know what to expect, but it was a pale shadow of the Vina Real form the same source. Rating reserved as I am not convinced it was representative.

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  • Very young looking, deep red with slight browning at edges. Absolutely stunning nose, so young and fresh. Balsamic notes, roses, some wood. Very smooth attack, almost no tannins left, but still very young taste profile. People guessed Burgundy 2003 (!) Very long finish and great acidity balance. Just a perfect bottle.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/imperial-1966-gran-reserva.html
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    De color rubí rojizo de capa media, claro, limpio, abierto. Reflejos cobrizos y dorados, brillante, sin asomo de precipitados. Ribete amplio, anaranjado.

    En nariz está lleno de detalles, muy completo, serio, conjugando con polivalencia todo lo que tiene. Lo primero en salir es una elegantísima punta de café recién molido seguida de maderas exóticas, cedro, clavos, atillos de canela y piel de naranja (por este orden) seguido de un perfume a cueros viejos y pétalos ajados. Se resiste a caer en mayor reducción, nada de humedales, fúngicos o paisajes otoñales. Emerge con fuerza los frutos rojos, el zumo de granada, los madroños en licor, la infusión fría de hibiscus con ese punto silvestre a zarzal. Limpio, fresco.

    En boca es terso, de textura bruñida y unos taninos que resplandecen. No se bebe, fluye con enorme frescura por la boca y desaparece sin que nos demos cuenta. Fresco, frío, acídulo, con un tintineo de fruta roja sabrosísima que centellea a galope de una acidez del carajo!!! Este Imperial se restiste a ser catalogado, a medio camino entre sus dos hermanos del 64 y 68 aunque con algo menos del musculazo del que hacían gala ambas cosechas. Estos vinos de Cvne nunca dejan de sorprender.

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    70% tempranillo, 15% garnacha, 10% mazuelo y graciano, 5% viura.
    Permanece durante 12 y 24 meses en grandes tinos de roble viejo en las finaliza la fermentación maloláctica y reposa antes de pasar a criarse en madera. El vino madura durante unos 10 años 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 finales de la década de los 70.
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  • Also from TWS. Very crumbly cork. Medium/deep mahogany core, pale wide mahogany/amber rim. Nose is, unsurprisingly, very mature, a touch tired and oxidised, with undergrowth,a touch of decay, spice, perhaps a whiff of underlying stewed red fruit. However the palate still shows vigour, with earth, a touch of soy, fig, orange peel, with harmonious, soft tannins and a tangy, spicy good length finish. This is excellent.

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  • Oxidized and tired fruit, brown colour, spoiled. Bought at The Wine Society and supposedly from an old Spanish restaurant's cellar. Perhaps they kept their bottles next to the stove?

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