Finca La Emperatriz Reserva Rioja 2012 75cl

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Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Bodegas la Emperatriz
Grape Variety Tempranillo
Size 75cl
ABV 14.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2012
Maturity Drink or Keep
Food Match Stews and casseroles
Style Balanced, fruity, medium to full in the mouth
Rioja's only single estate Crianza, from an estate once owned by the last French empress. A ruby red wine, very brilliant, with medium to high colour intensity and slightly tinted legs. Very intense on the nose, with initially complex, mineral aromas originating from the soil. This is followed by notes reminiscent of cigar boxes and sweet dairy products, with a hint of black fruits and orange peel; very elegant. Very intense in the mouth; a spirited wine with good acidity and medium strength on the palate. A friendly, enveloping sensation in the mouth, with a fruity and mildly spiced finish. Pleasant to drink without saturating the palate. A wine with a long finish.
Country Of Origin: Spain

Bodegas la Emperatriz is a picturesque estate in the heart of Rioja Alta which has been winning awards since the Paris Universal Exposition of 1878, when it was owned by the last empress of France, Eugenia de Montijo. Now owned by the Hernaiz family since 1996, the estate boasts 67 years old vine Garnacha and Viura, and produces Rioja's only single estate Crianza. Their wines have proved a huge hit with wine critics across the globe and are widely listed in Madrid's Michelin starred restaurants.

The soil of Finca La Emperatriz is unique in La Rioja. A poor, extremely hard soil, which provides the wines with a distinctive elegance and minerality and great aging potential.

Although Finca La Emperatriz is a 101-hectare vineyard, it has been divided into a number of plots. Each of them has specific characteristics depending on the variety planted, the rootstock, the age of the vines, the conduction system, etc.

The range of wines produced by Finca La Emperatriz is structured according to the wealth of nuances resulting from the division of the estate. Firstly, the winery produces wines with grapes from different plots “Classic coupage”, where complexity is sought through the coupage of several batches of grapes in order to make round, balanced and tasty wines. In addition, wine is made from grapes from a “Single plot”, which extracts the specific personality of the terroir from which it comes.

Country Of Origin: Spain

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