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Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva
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Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

Rioja, SpainImperial is a unique brand from the historic Rioja estate of CVNE, the Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España. They only make Reserva and Gran Reserva wines and boy, do they age magnificently. The 2011 edition is a complete wine that is still showing a lot of youth. The nose is beautifully perfumed with fresh and dried cherries, a sweet herbal and balsamic fragrance, and a hint of game and leather. The palate is loaded with plummy rich flavours, chocolate, rose hip syrup and a smoky cast-iron character. The flavours show more evolution than the nose suggests, with lovely mellow elegance and vinous, silky texture. The tannins are quite firm and grippy, but so fine-grained that they melt effortlessly into the dusty fruit. There are years of development ahead for this wine, and while it is lovely to taste now, it will reward patience. When you do open it, serve with an ultra-prime cut of beef or savour it alongside some fine aged Manchego cheese.Tasted: 23 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 88.99 BCLS Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Tempranillo - Graciano - MazueloCSPC: 1312222UPC: 8410591002178