C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)

Imperial Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.1424 ratings
9.269 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Jennifer Massolo

Classic Rioja. Up front tanins w minerality and red fruit. Good aging potential.

Classic Rioja. Up front tanins w minerality and red fruit. Good aging potential.

Jul 16th, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

Totally classic. Sour cherry, raspberry, leather and gentle rust quality. Piercing acidity and a hushed dusty tannic structure. Will last for decades.

Totally classic. Sour cherry, raspberry, leather and gentle rust quality. Piercing acidity and a hushed dusty tannic structure. Will last for decades.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Daniel Manning

Owner/director ukvine.com

9.3

Rich full and rounded with a lovley finish... Altogether a great package

Rich full and rounded with a lovley finish... Altogether a great package

Oct 2nd, 2017
Mark Lindzy

Now we're talking.

Now we're talking.

2 people found it helpfulMar 2nd, 2014
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

8.6

An intensely powerful nose redolent of smoky brambles and spicy roasted strawberries. The palate has the same elements as the nose. While light on fruit and weight, the wine in intensely aromatic. The finish is moderately long to long and shows all of the same elements. An intense display of complex flavors. Continues to open for several hours. An initial slight bitterness in the finish disappears quickly and is replaced by warm, rounded smoky red spicy flavors. A wine to pair with any dish with smoked meats and especially smoked bacon. A very nice wine. 4-13 buy.

An intensely powerful nose redolent of smoky brambles and spicy roasted strawberries. The palate has the same elements as the nose. While light on fruit and weight, the wine in intensely aromatic. The finish is moderately long to long and shows all of the same elements. An intense display of complex flavors. Continues to open for several hours. An initial slight bitterness in the finish disappears quickly and is replaced by warm, rounded smoky red spicy flavors. A wine to pair with any dish with smoked meats and especially smoked bacon. A very nice wine. 4-13 buy.

2 people found it helpfulApr 14th, 2013
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.0

Rich and vibrant. Very young. Showing strong oak. Still, the terroir shows through. Needs years to integrate but drinking well now with grilled Magret de canard and similar meats that can absorb the sweet oak. Improves with 24 hours of air.

Rich and vibrant. Very young. Showing strong oak. Still, the terroir shows through. Needs years to integrate but drinking well now with grilled Magret de canard and similar meats that can absorb the sweet oak. Improves with 24 hours of air.

1 person found it helpfulSep 25th, 2016
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

8.6

Tired. Not bad but on the downslope.

Tired. Not bad but on the downslope.

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2016
Adam Crane

Blind. Easy pick for me with American oak prominent throughout. Was at this winery two months ago.

Blind. Easy pick for me with American oak prominent throughout. Was at this winery two months ago.

1 person found it helpfulJul 21st, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

Powerful but elegant, fresh red fruits and acidity
Dill, spice and suave oak, cherry, toast, tobacco, a complex, opulent and distinguished Reserva. Buy this by the case and enjoy it over the next 20 years!

Powerful but elegant, fresh red fruits and acidity
Dill, spice and suave oak, cherry, toast, tobacco, a complex, opulent and distinguished Reserva. Buy this by the case and enjoy it over the next 20 years!

1 person found it helpfulDec 20th, 2015
Jennifer Massolo

Love this. Strutting an elegant thing and walking it out.

Love this. Strutting an elegant thing and walking it out.

1 person found it helpfulAug 10th, 2015