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Imperial – Gran Reserva Tinto

Spain
Rioja
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins Spain > Rioja

Appellation Rioja

Varietal Tempranillo

Cepage 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Carignan/Mazuelo

Winemaking Cold-stored 24 hours, gravity fed into French oak vats, native yeast fermentation.

Aging Minimum 24 mo. in new French and American oak

Alcohol Content 13.5 %

Serendipity Markets California

The Character

Tasting Notes Deep garnet in color with cherry red hints at the rim. The nose shows an intriguing and complex range of aromas balanced between primary and tertiary notes. Forest fruits, licorice, clove, black pepper, nutmeg can be found along with tobacco leaf and roasted coffee. The palate reveals an elegant wine, with soft but well-defined tannins giving structure and texture.

Overall Intriguing & Complex

Mouthfeel Structured & Textured

Aromas Forest fruits, licorice, savory spices

Pairings Perfect for red meats, game, oily fish, cured cheeses

Awards 94 Wine Spectator (2014)

Sustainability Vegan t

The Story

Our finest Rioja Alta vineyards are destined for the production of Imperial Gran Reserva. Imperial Gran Reserva is an iconic Rioja and Spanish wine. It is only made when harvests are exceptional. This wine is designed to last and improve over time. The 40-year-old Barbarroja and Antoñanzas estates and small-scale vineyards in Torrentalvo were selected for this 2014 vintage. The bottles are aged for a minimum of 36 months in our hundred-year-old cellars before finally being released onto the market.

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Brand Story

Imperial is one of the renowned references in the entire history of Spanish winemaking. It is a true classic in Rioja and was first bottled in the 1920’s. Its name was originally adopted after a special bottling for the English market in a bottle called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint’ (an Imperial pint, half a litre approximately). The grapes to make Imperial have always come from our own 28 hectares of vineyards in Villalba (Rioja Alta), and selected vineyards in the nearby communes of Briones and Montalvo, where our vines average age is kept over 20 years to secure quality. The Imperial cellar is a truly independent winery inside the original CVNE winery. This cellar allows for a fully traditional winemaking process subject to the strictest quality controls.

Brand Story

Imperial is one of the renowned references in the entire history of Spanish winemaking. It is a true classic in Rioja and was first bottled in the 1920’s. Its name was originally adopted after a special bottling for the English market in a bottle called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint’ (an Imperial pint, half a litre approximately). The grapes to make Imperial have always come from our own 28 hectares of vineyards in Villalba (Rioja Alta), and selected vineyards in the nearby communes of Briones and Montalvo, where our vines average age is kept over 20 years to secure quality. The Imperial cellar is a truly independent winery inside the original CVNE winery. This cellar allows for a fully traditional winemaking process subject to the strictest quality controls.

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