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2004 Imperial, Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja

Imperial, Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja
The cepage of this wine is dominated by Tempranillo, however small percentages of Graciano and Mazuelo are added to give the wine an extra level of complexity and character. The ageing takes place in new French and American oak and lasts for 24 months.

Aromas of spice-box, coffee grounds, black cherry & damsons are both harmonious & rich, whilst the palate is medium-full bodied & can only be described as voluptuous and concentrated. It is just starting to drink nicely now and will continue to be a sure thing until 2024.
Nick Stewart - Buying DepartmentC.V.N.E.

The Wine Advocate
Imperial, Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja
The 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality. It will be approachable in 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2024.

Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (C.V.N.E.) is known colloquially to most Spanish wine drinkers as Cune. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape.

The Contino wines are made exclusively from the estate’s 253 acres located in Laserna near the town of Laguardia. The Reserva bottling is the mainstay of the Contino lineup produced from vines ranging in age from 25 to 60 years. The Contino Vina Del Olivo is the product of a dry farmed single vineyard of the same name planted in 1980. The blend is 90% Tempranillo with the balance Graciano and Carinena aged in new oak for 18 months. The Imperial label is affixed at C.V.N.E. only in the top vintages.
Jay Miller - eRobertParker.com #189 Jun 2010

The Wine Advocate
Imperial, Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja
Product: 17585
Maturity: Drink 2013-2020 (Ready, but will keep)
Vintage: 2004
Origin: Spain » Rioja Map of the region
Producer: C.V.N.E.
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Tinto Fino
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 13.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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