Intense ruby red color. The nose is rich and enticing with black and red berry fruit and licorice notes. The palate is generously fruity with toasty oak, supple tannins and savoury balsamic nuances and a long finish.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The grapes for this blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo were picked during the first half of October at a low 13.5% alcohol and were fermented in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel. The bottles are kept for at least 36 months before they are released. As the Imperial Reserva, the style of this wine has to be preserved (they can innovate in the new Asúa range). There is a developed and subtle nose reminiscent of petrol (is it mineral?), hints of iodine and sweet spices. The palate is powerful and still a little tannic, as the wine was released even earlier because they skipped one vintage. Serious, austere, faithful to its character.
94 Points - James Suckling A fine-tuned and polished gran reserva with lots of finesse and linear character. Medium body. Refined and beautiful.
94 Points - Vinous Shimmering ruby-red. An intensely perfumed nose displays cherry cola, cassis, licorice and smoky oak; floral and vanilla qualities emerge in the glass. Juicy, penetrating red and dark fruit flavors are given spine by a core of tangy acidity, and bitter chocolate, candied rose and spice cake nuances develop with air. Gently gripping tannins add shape to an impressively long, incisive finish that leaves more vanilla and cherry notes behind. Raised for 22 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. Drinking window: 2023 - 2035.
94 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine The 2014 C.V.N.E. Gran Imperial shows incredible complexity and synergy between fruit and earth. This wine shines with aromas and flavors of dried earth, forest floor, black fruit, and spicy. Enjoy it with slowly-braised meat stews.
93 Points - Wine Spectator This muscular red has a thick, dense texture and muscular tannins. Plum and currant flavors mingle with clove, cola, vanilla and baking spice notes. Comes on strong, but the orange peel acidity gives way to a gentle, floral finish. Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2032.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Rooty, reedy aromas of licorice and fennel blend with oak grain and spiced berry and cherry scents to form a welcoming nose. The palate on this gran reserva from a difficult year feels lean and linear, with raw acidity. Plum, currant and vanilla oak flavors turn dry, tight, snappy and a touch tart on the finish. Drink through 2032.