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Imperial Gran Reserva 1998

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C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalize on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in the traditional neighbourhood of the station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. This wine is produced from grapes harvested in vineyards over 20 years old in the area around Villalba and Haro in Rioja Alta, bush pruned, with low yields, and are picked by hand. Only the healthiest and ripest grapes are selected, and following destalking, the grapes are cold macerated prior to cold temperature fermentation. Following a long maceration to achieve optimum colour and structure, the wine passes to malolactic fermentation, to refine the wine, and to leave it with the necessary acidity to complete its american and french oak maturation, and subsequent bottle ageing prior to release to the market. This 'Imperial Gran Reserva' displays an intense ruby red colour. On the nose , blackberries and liquorice prenominate the powerful structure. There are fine hints of toasty oak with fine balsamic nuances. On the palate , this 'Imperial Grand Reserva' is full , generous and rich with hints of spices. The Tannins are mature and the wine has developed and exceptional elegance from its time in barrel. The finish is long, beautifully structured and classic Rioja Alta.


C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalize on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in the traditional neighbourhood of the station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. This wine is produced from grapes harvested in vineyards over 20 years old in the area around Villalba and Haro in Rioja Alta, bush pruned, with low yields, and are picked by hand. Only the healthiest and ripest grapes are selected, and following destalking, the grapes are cold macerated prior to cold temperature fermentation. Following a long maceration to achieve optimum colour and structure, the wine passes to malolactic fermentation, to refine the wine, and to leave it with the necessary acidity to complete its american and french oak maturation, and subsequent bottle ageing prior to release to the market. This 'Imperial Gran Reserva' displays an intense ruby red colour. On the nose , blackberries and liquorice prenominate the powerful structure. There are fine hints of toasty oak with fine balsamic nuances. On the palate , this 'Imperial Grand Reserva' is full , generous and rich with hints of spices. The Tannins are mature and the wine has developed and exceptional elegance from its time in barrel. The finish is long, beautifully structured and classic Rioja Alta.

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