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2014 CVNE "Cune Imperial" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1525537 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A fine-tuned and polished gran reserva with lots of finesse and linear character. Medium body. Refined and beautiful. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is a developed and subtle nose reminiscent of petrol (is it mineral?), hints of iodine and sweet spices. The palate is powerful and still a little tannic, as the wine was released even earlier because they skipped one vintage. Serious, austere, faithful to its character. (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark No 2013 was produced, as it was a very challenging year in Haro. So, from the 2012 I tasted last time, we jumped to the 2014 Imperial Gran Reserva, an icon among classical Rioja. The grapes for this blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo were picked during the first half of October at a low 13.5% alcohol and were fermented in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel. The bottles are kept for at least 36 months before they are released. As the Imperial Reserva, the style of this wine has to be preserved (they can innovate in the new Asúa range). There is a developed and subtle nose reminiscent of petrol (is it mineral?), hints of iodine and sweet spices. The palate is powerful and still a little tannic, as the wine was released even earlier because they skipped one vintage. Serious, austere, faithful to its character. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This muscular red has a thick, dense texture and muscular tannins. Plum and currant flavors mingle with clove, cola, vanilla and baking spice notes. Comes on strong, but the orange peel acidity gives way to a gentle, floral finish. (TM) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Rooty, reedy aromas of licorice and fennel blend with oak grain and spiced berry and cherry scents to form a welcoming nose. The palate on this gran reserva from a difficult year feels lean and linear, with raw acidity. Plum, currant and vanilla oak flavors turn dry, tight, snappy and a touch tart on the finish. (MS) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

K&L Notes

94 Points Tim Atkin MW "Classic CVNE, classic Imperial, this is a cuvée of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, made to mature and develop further in bottle. The oak needs a little more time to integrate, but this is the latest in a superb line up of Gran Reservas from María Larrea: dense, rich and concentrated with vibrant acidity and the freshness and focus of a cooler year."


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