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2004 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 90

  • ThalesGaspar Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 8, 2019 - Decanted for one hour, delicious, still very live!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bsouligny Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 11, 2019 - Wow dans les meilleurs vins que j ai bu cet année, nez de bleuets cuits, clou de giroffles, sang et un peu de fumé.en bouche encore wow,bleuts cuits,un peu de terre,acidité douce ,tannins velours, et une belle finale sur le bleuets,prunes et tabac. Il es merveilleux maintenant.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • DRK III Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 20, 2018 - Decanted 3 hours prior to drinking at Mas Tapas. The nose is mostly dark red fruits, black cherry, cocoa and woodsy aromas. Not very expressive, but nicely concentrated and elegant. The wine is still very restrained at this stage and has a long life ahead of it. In terms of style, I would say it leans a little more modern though it has the restraint and elegance of a more traditional Rioja. Not much power or length on its own but was much better with food.

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  • forceberry wrote: 91 points

    August 17, 2018 - Typically a blend of Tempranillo (85%), Mazuelo (10%) and Graciano (5%). Aged for 36 months in a mixture of American and French oak barriques and for a further 48 months in bottles before release. 13,5% alcohol.

    Surprisingly youthful and quite concentrated blackish red color with very little translucency. The nose feels remarkably concentrated and dense with dark-toned aromas of pronounced sweet oak, some ripe black cherries, a little bit of milk chocolate, a hint of mocha latte and a touch of sun-baked earth. The wine is very concentrated, dense and chewy on the palate with bold and rather modern flavors of savory wood spice, dark-toned toasty oak character, some sweet black cherries, a little bit of wizened red plums, light sour cherry bitterness, a hint of almost overripe blackcurrant character and a touch of mocha. The acidity feels rather low, but I guess the wine might be higher in acidity than how it feels like - it just gets overwhelmed by the very ripe and quite extracted fruit. The structure relies more on the moderately high tannins that feel quite gentle at first, but which grow in grip and intensity over time. The finish is ripe, extracted and quite grippy with lengthy, opulent flavors of sweet, toasty oak spice, some mocha and milk chocolate character, a little bit of ripe black cherries, a hint of pruney fruit and a touch of peppery spice.

    Seeing how Imperial Gran Reserva is one of the oldest Rioja brands out there (been produced since the 1920's), I expected this to be a classic Rioja wine with elegant restraint and sophistication. However, this turned out to be a pretty modern take on the Rioja style, from the heavily extracted blockbuster end of the spectrum - although, fortunately, from the extreme end of overdone, over-the-top wines. The fruit is sweet and there's a lot of it, but not as much as there is sweet, dark-toned and toasty French oak. The wine is impressively sized and - I admit it - there's some real harmony to it, but if this was served to me blind, I really doubt that I could pinpoint this to Rioja. Spain would be pretty high on the list, but I see very little Rioja here. I imagine the wine must've been quite a different animal back in the 1920's - or even just a few decades ago. I can easily see why the wine was a Wine Spectator favorite, but I personally find it hard to get excited over this kind of monolithic wine. I understand the appeal in the hedonistic wines like these, but I'd rather have a lowly RLdH Viña Cubillo over this any day of the week. Maybe another 15-20 years would help? Given the relatively youthful character of the wine now, at almost 15 years of age, I can see a long future ahead for it.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • maxima wrote: 91 points

    June 7, 2018 - Encore très beau, complexe et long.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Imperial Gran Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 097985143167, 722358720262, 8410591000488

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 28 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,702 (71%)
  • Consumed 659 (28%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Chicken and chorizo paella, lam, okse

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