Varieties: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano & Mazuelo.

Appearance: Dried cherry, plum compote, black olive and cola flavors are supported by firm tannins and balsamic acidity in this plump red. Energetic yet harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2025.

Nose: Aromas of spice cake, baked plum & tobacco.

Palate: Dry, full-bodied.

Vinification: A classic among classics in a classic vintage. It's very spicy and still slightly oaky, with ripe fruit without any excess; it is a serious, somehow Bordeaux-like, less-perfumed red. The palate shows that seriousness, with some dusty tannins and a dry finish. The texture is a little earthy, very good for food. This could be drunk now, but I'd give it some time in the bottle. The oak feels very nicely integrated, less noticeable than in warmer vintages like 2009. A very good vintage for this bottling.

Recommended Food Pairing: Roasted meats, steaks, brisket & a fantastic dry-aged burger with aged cheddar.

CVNE 'Imperial' Gran Reserva Rioja 2012