Finca La Emperatriz is a winery with an extensive vineyard estate in Rioja Alta.Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz is the new project of brothers Eduardo and Víctor, who in 1996 acquired Bodega La Emperatriz, named as such because the first owner of these plots was Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III and Empress of France.
With this new emphasis and with new projects at hand, the winery changed its name but its high-end wines retain the Finca La Emperatriz signature, the name of the ‘viñedo singular’ they come from.Since January 2020, our range of Classic Blends and Single Plot wines have disappeared, giving way to four new labels: a high-end red and white called “Finca la Emperatriz Gran Vino”, a blend of traditional Rioja varieties from a “viñedo singular”, a pure expression of terroir, like the great chateaux of Bordeaux; and their respective younger brothers also from the same estate, called El Jardín de la Emperatriz.
Finca La Emperatriz Gran Vino Tinto Reserva is made with clusters from old vines aged between 50 and 65 years old from the Finca La Emperatriz vineyard, which has white boulder soils over a sandy-loam structure. These characteristics are perfect for vine cultivation and add an elegant touch to the wines. The 2016 is a fine and elegant red wine where the presence of the Viura white variety brings acidity and freshness.
A wine with a classic Rioja style but with clean and precise aromas and flavours and the promise of an excellent bottle-aging potential.
VARIETALS 70% Tempranillo, 28% Garnacha, 2% Viura
TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol 14.5%Total acidity 5.5 g/lPH 3.52
APPEARANCE Cherry red color.
NOSE Dark nose with aromas of black fruit, liquorice and black pepper on a spicy and balsamic background of vanilla and cedar.
PALATE Fresh flavors and balanced acidity. Hints of plum and red cherry, on a background of spices and vanilla. Well integrated wood.AGEING18 months in barrels, 60% new French oak and 40% second-year American oak barrels.
PAIRING Ideal with grilled red meat, roasted red meat or small game.
READINESS FOR DRINKING Drink now until 2036.
94pts Robert Parker