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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Rioja Reserva 2007
Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Rioja Reserva 2007
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $32.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Reserva 2007 is ruby red in color, very bright, with a light-red eye (robe). It has a highly intense aroma and bouquet, with the bouquet of vanilla, cigar box, and caramel from the aging process is immediately noticeable. Upon further appraisal, the varietal aromas such as blackberries, plums, and orange peel come forward. When the wine opens up in the cup, the red and black fruit aromas that are characteristic of Tempranillo appear. It is a very elegant wine, with intensity in the mouth, good acidity, and with a strong middle palate. The tannins are very polished and rounded. The wine's finish is fruity and lightly spiced. It is pleasant to drink and does not saturate the palate.
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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.