2004 Cune Imperial Reserva Rioja

SKU #1070527 95 points Wine Spectator

 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)

92 points 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.  (10/2009)

91 points 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+)  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2011 | Send Email
CUNE is beautifully classic. There is a sense of power in this wine but it is extraordinarily balanced. No over extraction of American oak here either. This has pure flavors of wood spice, incense, black plums and violets. This wine is drinking well now with a good decant but just a few more years here would not be out of line.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5