Deep cherry red in color with reddish hints. On the nose there is a perfect balance between wild berries such as blackberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries and aromas from the barrels, balsamic, licorice, pepper, cocoa and light sweet toffee notes. The palate reveals a wine characterized by its elegance, depth of flavor and fine, velvety tannins. The finish is long and complex.
With Imperial, we strive to capture the essence of our soils and the meticulous care of our vineyards located in specific villages across Rioja Alta.
The grapes we use for Imperial derive from our own vineyards in Villalba, Briones and Torremontalvo.
In Villalba, we have the small Remedio and Encinas estates, located at altitudes between 550 and 650 m, close to the Sierra de Toloño mountains and in a climate with a marked Atlantic and continental influence. These estates account for 12 of the 42 hectares owned by CVNE in the village.
Torrentalvo is home to our San Quilez and Pico de Aguila vineyards, located at an altitude of 450 m and with a somewhat more moderate climate than the plots in Villalba. This accounts for 30 of the total 70 hectares owned by CVNE in the village. In neighbouring Briones, Imperial takes up 10 hectares (house vineyard).
All these vineyards are older than 40 years. The main variety is Tempranillo. However, other Rioja varieties, such as Garnacha and Graciano, are found in these calcareous clay soils, poor in organic matter. The vines are low-yield, head-trained and primarily south-facing.
85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha
Malolactic fermentation is carried out in concrete and wood vats, and the wine is then aged in American and French oak barrels (new or single-wine barrels). The wine from different vineyards is kept separately, with each estate being aged in the barrel that is the best fit for its organoleptic features. We carry out the final assemblage once the ageing process is complete before clarification and bottling.