Imperial Gran Reserva is released only in exceptional years. When released, the wine is a bright red red resulting from the long maceration. It has a deep berry nose, blackberries, and licorice predominating in the powerful structure. There are fine hints of toasty oak with fine balsamic nuances. On the palate it is full, generous and rich with hints of fine spices. The tannins are mature and the wine has developed an exceptional elegance from its time in barrel. The finish is long, beautifully structured and classic Rioja.