The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit of wine to make sure; yes, it’s truly elegant and classic. This is a great wine, which transports you to the old Grand Reservas of yesteryear. It delivers great quality at a great price
(a blend of 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo that was aged in French and American oak for 24 months): Deep red. Heady aromas of cherry, redcurrant, vanilla and rose oil, with a smoky nuance and a hint of cured tobacco. Sappy, penetrating, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. This impressively balanced and focused gran reserva finishes with silky tannins and excellent cut and persistence. One for the cellar.
Bright red raspberry notes create an immediate impression of brisk fruit in the aroma, then this wine retreats into its oak and earthy tannins. After a day, that oak presence begins to recede, revealing a finish that’s austere, with dry red fruit flavors and spice. At a moment of adolescence, this wine hasn’t begun to show itself. Cune’s Imperial Gran Reservas often live for decades, and this is a great vintage to forget in the cellar for at least ten years.
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