2004 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja
*2013 Wine of the Year, Highly Recommended* Firm and a bit austere, this red shows depth and drive, with chewy tannins supporting plum, tobacco, licorice and mineral flavors. The structure is solid but the wine remains fresh. Maturing now, this has a long life ahead. (TM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with air. Supple, sweet and expansive on the finish, which leaves smoke and cherry pastry notes behind. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Imperial Gran 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. (JM)
Wine & Spirits
A robust 2004 still showing the smoky brawn of its oak aging, this is firm and juicy in the middle, with almost electric acidity. Dense and youthful, this is suited to extended aging.