2004 Cune Imperial Reserva Rioja
This plump red offers cherry and berry flavors wreathed in spice, tobacco and cedar. Balanced and gentle, in the traditional style, but has enough structure for food. Drink now through 2014. (Web-2011)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo) Bright ruby color. Exotic, expressive aromas of candied cherry and black raspberry, with deeper licorice and cocoa scents adding a serious aspect. Deep, chewy and attractively sweet, with juicy cherry and dark berry flavors underscored by smoky oak spice. Tannins come up with air, along with a hint of singed plum. Leaves sappy dark berry notes behind on the long, sweet finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Imperial 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. (91+)
SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT The 2004 Imperial Reserva is a classically styled Rioja, from the terrific, long lived 2004 vintage. It is arguably even better than their excellent 2001 bottling. While it is hard to lay off this wine now, as delicious as it is, cellaring for additional time will certainly reward those patient enough to wait. The purity and intensity of the red fruit, combined with terrific acidity, will surely make this amazing bottle one for the ages. 85% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)