CVNE IMPERIAL RESERVA 2012, 75 CL
Name of Wine: IMPERIAL RESERVA
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Region of Production: Rioja
Vintage Rating: Very Good
10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo
Alcoholic Volumen: 14 % Vol.
Total Acidity: 5,29 (g/l tartaric)
Volatile Acidity: 0,57
SO2 Free / Total: 30/88
Made from a selection of the best grapes from our Rioja Alta vineyards around the
village of Villalba that were hand harvested in small 30 kg boxes. Before starting the
alcoholic fermentation, the bunches of grapes were cooled down and kept at a low
temperature for some hours in order to improve our control over fermentation without
using any additives and to achieve an optimum extraction. The fermentation took place
in a combination of oak vats and stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The
wine was then aged in both American and French new and used oak casks for two
years, followed by another two years in bottle prior to its release in the market.
VINTAGE / HARVEST DESCRIPTION
The 2012 harvest has been of low yield in the DOC Rioja due to drought that has
characterized this vintage. Theyield of the vineyard was lower especially in dry land
areas and has affected all varieties, especially white. Thedrought was slightly
relieved in late September and October and the grapes underwent a technological
upgrade.In CVNE harvest started on September 20 and concluded on October 23. It
has been a slow and selectivevintage due to weather changes and uncertainty. The
grapes arrived at the winery in excellent health.
Deep cherry colour with shades of shiny red. To the nose, aromas of berries and
liquorice balanced by hints of clove, rosemary, thyme and tobacco leaves coming from
the oak cask ageing. To the palate, it shows its elegance thanks to a gentle tanin
providing roundness and freshness. The wine tastes for long in the palate, with an
interestingly complex aftertaste. Game and red meats are ideal pairings for this wine.