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Finca La Emperatriz Reserva

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva
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An elegant, fresh and complex Rioja Reserva

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva
Red wine Reserva. 20 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Garnacha Tinta,  Graciano,  Tempranillo,  Viura
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Volume: 3 Liters (Jeroboam)
Alcohol: 14.0%
Red wine Reserva. 20 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Garnacha Tinta,  Graciano,  Tempranillo,  Viura
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Volume: 3 Liters (Jeroboam)
Alcohol: 14.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Finca La Emperatriz Reserva

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva is a red wine produced by the winery Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz (Finca La Emperatriz) in Baños de Rioja, D.O.Ca. Rioja.

Finca la Emperatriz is a historic winery. Its name comes from the French Empress Eugenia of Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, who was the owner of the vineyard in the late nineteenth century. Finca La Emperatriz Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo (94%) with a small proportion of Grenache (3%), Viura (2%) and Graciano (1%), all typical varieties of La Rioja.

The grapes come from old vines over 60 years old, planted on a white rocky soil with a sandy loam surface.

A soil with good drainage, and the white colour of the stone helps facilitate a greater insolation of grapes. A poor, hard ground, which gives the wines a personal elegance and mineral nuances.

The vineyard is planted at 570 metres, with a continental climate tempered by the influence of the Cantabrian Sea.

The harvest is done manually. The process begins with fermentation, which occurs at a controlled temperature of 23 degrees before a soft maceration for 8 days.

Finca La Emperatriz Reserva
is aged in American oak barrels (70%) and French oak barrels (30%) for more than 20 months.

An elegant red wine, a fresh and complex Rioja.

Serve at 17ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Roasted red meats, Grilled red meats, White meat, Small game, Game birds

Tasting notes Finca La Emperatriz Reserva

It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.
Sight Bright ruby red colour with slightly tinted medium-high layer. Nose The nose has intense aromas from aging, such as the vanilla and orange candied fruit. Red fruit and black fruit are also noticeable. Taste On the palate it is intense, powerful, with a good acidity, very polished and round tannins, fruity and slightly spicy towards the end.
Sight Bright ruby red. Medium-high robe. Slightly tinted tears show on the glass. Nose Very intense nose with aromas from its ageing such as vanilla. Candied orange and red and dark fruits are also noticed. Taste Intense and powerful on the palate. Good acidity and very polished, round tannins. A fruity and slightly spicy finish.
Sight Bright ruby red colour. Medium-high robe. Slightly tinted tears show on the glass. Nose Very intense nose with aromas from its ageing like vanilla. Candied orange and red and black fruit are also noticed. Taste Intense and powerful on the palate. Good acidity and very polished, round tannins. A fruity and slightly spicy finish.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 89
  • Suckling 88
  • Atkin 92
  • Peñin 90
  • Suckling 90
  • Decántalo 91
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 91
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 91
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 93
  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 91

Prizes

Decanter WWA 2013, Bronze Medal
CMB 2013, Medaille D Argent
IWC 2013, Bronze Medal
SFIWC 2012, Silver Medal
Decanter WWA 2012, Bronze Medal

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O.Ca. Rioja

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