2010 Cune "Imperial" Reserva Rioja
Lots of plum, chocolate and rose aromas. Licorice and cloves too. Very subtle yet rich. Full-bodied, very fine and balanced. Lovely firm and silky mouthfeel. It still needs some bottle age to soften but is already long and beautiful. Elegant. Drink or hold.
Saturated ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by vanilla, potpourri and an exotic Indian spice quality. Smooth, round and concentrated, offering sweet, focused red and dark berry compote flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Appealingly sweet and broad on the impressively long, youthfully tannic back end, showing finishing notes of allspice, raspberry and bitter chocolate. (JR)
*Top 100 Wines of 2015* Smoky and tarry notes give this rich red an austere character, but plum, licorice, soy and mineral notes promise an expressive future. The tannins and acidity are balanced and unobtrusive. Best from 2016 through 2030. (TM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A worthy follow up of the 2008, the 2010 Imperial Reserva is the usual blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo (aka Cariñena) fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and matured in American and French oak barrels for two years before being fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. This was a textbook Rioja Alta vintage that produced very balanced, fresh wines with plenty of stuffing. This is no exception, showing some fresh orange-peel notes intermixed with hints of leather, blackberries, cherries and pepper with the oak perfectly folded into the fruit. The texture is soft and the tannin fine-grained. It has good acidity and flavors that start to reveal some development and complexity, although this feels very young. A textbook Reserva with the ability to develop in bottle."
Wine & Spirits
Red velvet is the first impression from this fine vintage of Cune’s Imperial. That tight weave and richness is detailed by scents of dried thyme, bergamot and layers of spicy umami tannins. Cool, round and supple, this has the balance to age with grace.
Cune is one of the legendary 19th century founded Rioja bodegas. Their Imperial bottlings are seriously structured and traditional; these are wines built to age. 2010 was a fantastic vintage in Rioja, a vintage with a nearly perfect balance of fruit ripeness, flavor intensity, and more than sufficient acidity to lend freshness and serious ageability. To be sure, the 2010 Imperial should continue to improve for quite a while.