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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Rioja Crianza 2008
Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Rioja Crianza 2008
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Cherry red in color, with a medium-high density, clear and brilliant. Good intensity on the nose, with outstanding notes of ripe red fruits. Aromas of vanilla and toast from the barrels, with a hint of minerality. The first attack on the palate is soft, with good volume and fruit, well balanced with the touch of oak for which our region is well-known. Good length, where the fruit dominates and through a long finish the aromas of fruit and the mineral notes from our soil reappear.
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About Bodegas La Emperatriz:

La Emperatriz is a winery located in the DOC Rioja denomination, more precisely in the very north-west, in the Rioja Alta region. The special climate of the region is defined by its geography and is perfect for high quality viticulture in the vineyard's stony terroir. This particular combination of soil and climate produces elegant and complex wines with a very specific character.

The project is today managed by brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz, although the origins of the estate go way back to the 19th century. At that time, under the ownership of Eugenia de Montijo, the Empress of France, the estate was already producing excellent wines.