Imperial Gran Reserva

CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, 2012

RRP £52.35

The demand has been huge for this seminal label since 2013, when its 2004 manifestation was awarded 100 points in The Wine Spectator. Thereafter the twin dangers of releasing too early and declaring in more than merely the greatest vintages have always lurked in the background. 2012 was a tricky year, for sure: drought, then heavy rain not entirely cancelling each other out. The result is a wine of intensity, expressive black fruit and a grippy structure, its generous ageing enhancing rather than challenging its inherent structure. A little lacking in the finesse and sheer beauty encountered in the great years, but impressive for all that and worth giving a little more time.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2020 - 2037

Origin

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Simon Field MW

UK Stockist

Goedhuis and Co

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