Imperial Gran Reserva 2011 Rioja
A reputation as one of the finest Riojas since it was first produced, this is a beautifully elegant blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo; the nose is rich and the perfect balance of fruits of the forest and liquorice stand out along with aromas from pine, cigar leaf and sweet spices. The palate is marked by soft tannins and a long elegant finish.
Manually harvested from our best and oldest vineyards with grapes being sorted both in the vineyard and the winery.
The main characteristic of this harvest has been the excellent health of the grapes. 2011 was an atypical vintage with water stress and lower day/night temperature contrast than usual leading to less even ripening requiring even more rigorous grape selection in the vineyard and winery. Ripening was a week ahead of previous years, but the wines obtained were well-structured with high polyphenol content and good colour consistency.
Cold maceration before fermentation in French oak vats, followed by a two-year ageing process in French and American oak barrels and a period of bottle ageing before being released.
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