Wine Region: Rioja Alta, D.O.Ca. Rioja.
Grape: Tempranillo (95%), Garnacha (3%) and Viura (2%).
Total Production: 179,800 75cl bottles and 9,200 Magnum.
Accolades: JS91,RP91,GP90 & TA91
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“They softened the extraction and the use of oak with the 2015 Finca la Emperatriz Crianza, and it shows. They want the wines from the La Emperatriz estate to be longer rather than wider, while the new Las Cenizas (from Cenicero) is more voluptuous. This Crianza will not be released until June 2018 to give it some more time in bottle. It’s a blend of Tempranillo with 4% Garnacha, 3% Viura and 1% Graciano from different plots, fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in 80% American and 20% French oak barrels for 12 months. It’s ripe and open and a little grapey. The palate is medium-bodied with abundant, slightly chalky tannins that might require more time and/or powerful food. ”
Luis Gutierrez, Feb 2018
“A layered and pretty red with dark-berry, dark-chocolate and walnut-shell aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, integrated and tight. Drink or hold.” -JAMES SUCKLING JAMESSUCKLING.COM, 8/2018
Clear ruby colour with bright garnet rim. Ripe red and black fruit with spicy(white pepper) aromas and fresh balsamic notes in a wine where the fruit takes centre stage. Medium-bodied as befits the crianza style but with an extra firmness on this vintage that will carry the wine through its development. A solid red with a slightly chalky finish that puts the accent on terroir before the ageing category.
About the Winery:
The history of this unique winery begins in 1878, when a wine produced in a lost Rioja villagecalled Baños de Rioja won a prize in the wine competition at the Universal Exhibition of Paris. The red wine at issue was presented by Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, Empress of France and owner of a vineyard farm located in La Rioja.