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.
"The 2007 Finca La Emperatriz Reserva comes from 60-year-old bush vines. It has a melted, sensual nose of macerated red cherries, a hint of sloes and eau-de-vie. There is just the right amount of volatility to lend it lift without diminishing the freshness. The palate is rounded and sumptuous in the mouth with cranberry, wild strawberry and red currant mingling with Asian spices and tobacco. The finish is very composed, with impressive weight and length, but does not outstay its welcome. This is a very fine Reserva that should age well over the next decade. Drink now-2022.
Bodegas La Emperatriz, named after its 19th century owner “Eugenia de Montijo” (the wife of Napoleon III), is located in Rioja Alta. It is owned by Victor and Eduardo Hernaiz, and the present winemaker is David Gonzalez. Theirs is a hugely impressive portfolio that singles out specific parcels and terroirs, though you should not ignore their excellent Crianza and Reserva. Factor in a wallet-friendly price and you have a winning formula.
The Wine Advocate