2005 Cune Imperial Reserva Rioja

SKU #1125178 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Imperial Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. The fruit is fermented in large oak vats and aged for 24 months in new and second fill barrels, of which 60% are French oak, before aging for three years in bottle. The aromatics are powerful and broody, with blackberry, cranberry, kirsch and singed leather. It has impressive purity and focus, although it is still very primal. The palate is full-bodied, with a sweet, luscious entry and then layers of sweet dark cherry and cassis fruit that need a little more tannic grip. Yet there is certainly good persistency towards the finish, suggesting that there is substance here to age over 10 or 15 years. Drink 2013-2025+.  (8/2012)

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By: Kurt Shanaman | Review Date: 10/26/2013
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Opened this beauty last night with Gouda & Irish Cheddar. This is a special bottle for sure. Cune produces some of the best Rioja made and this is no exception. The nose is powerful with hints of tobacco, leather & spice. On the palate, the dark plum like fruit is forward with smooth velvet tannins. This is incredibly balanced a full. One could put this away for 20 more years but how can you pass this up now? Luscious Rioja from Spain!
Drink from 2013 to 2030

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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