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Snooth User: outthere

I came across a bottle this Tempranillo blend....

Posted by outthere, Apr 13, 2010.

... and I cannot find much of anything about it.

Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 1966

It is a gift from a friend. Not sure of how well it was stored so I am not expecting a whole lot but it sure is an interesting conversation piece. Does anyone out there have any input on this wine? Not many notes on these old Spanish blends. Thanks for any light you can shed on my query.


 

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Reply by ChipDWood, Apr 14, 2010.

No producer name ~ other than (perhaps) "Imperial"?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 14, 2010.

Imperial is the producer - Rioja Cosecha Gran Reserva

sorry about the omission. Perhaps I could upload a photo.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 14, 2010.

Does the label look like this?

If so you might have a fabulous rioja on your hands. It would be from CVNE.

 

Classic old-school gran Reserva, dusty, bright, earthy and still with good fruit. What a treat!

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Reply by outthere, Apr 14, 2010.

It may have changed in 30 years. I'm out of town for a few days but I'll check the bottle and upload an image when I return. I know it has an extra label across the front with the name of the importer on it as well.

Thanks!

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Reply by GregT, Apr 14, 2010.

If it's Imperial, 99 pct sure it's C.V.N.E.  And a treat if it's been stored anywhere near properly.  It's a true classic Rioja. 

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 15, 2010.

So were you planning to open it anytime soon? Would be interesting to hear how it goes....

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Reply by outthere, Apr 15, 2010.

Actually, the friend that gave it to me is coming over for dinner this weekend and I am tempted. They are not red wine drinkers though, one of the reasons for the gift, so I'm not sure about that. Would like to save it for a special occasion but not knowing if it is still drinking well I wonder. It won't last too long though because I am intrigued by it. I'll share my notes when I do.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 16, 2010.

It is the CVNE. Mid shoulder. We've decided to pop it tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed. Will report on findings.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 16, 2010.

Let us know how it is. Mid-shoulder sounds dicey but old rioja, since it spent so much time in wood, seems to be one of the few wines were i've had great experiences with low fill bottles.

 

Good Luck!

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 16, 2010.

Looking forward to hearing hopefully good news on the soon-to-be dead soldier. Isn't wine fun?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 16, 2010.

One part of me is excited and the other part feels like I am killing a survivor.

Who may already be dead, so what the f...

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Reply by outthere, Apr 18, 2010.

Epilogue:

I couldn't do it. Not because I didn't want to. We started the evening off with a 2005 Seghesio Cortina which is drinking quite well at the moment. Then we tried a 2008 Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah (just picked  few bottles up the yesterday and had to pop one) which was decanted for a couple hours and then back in the bottle for a couple. It was a treat. I didn't expect this much complexity from such a young wine. I am excited to see how this evolves over the next 5-10 years. We followed that one up with an '03 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah which was the bomb. Those complimented our short ribs with Cabernet/Port reduction sauce to a tee.

After progressing so high up the full body ladder I couldn't pop the Rioja. It would have not done it justice. Besides we were already buzzed enough. We'll have to save it for another day. The soldier lives on.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 18, 2010.

To soldier another, better day. Sounds like the wise call. And a very pleasant meal without it.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 18, 2010.

The line-up...


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