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La Emperatriz Crianza 2015

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Per Bottle: $21.90
Per case of 12: $262.80
Producer: Hermanos Hernaiz
Vintage: 2015
Production Area: Rioja Alta
Type: Red Wine
Alcohol: 13.5%
Description: The 2015 vintage brought a winter with average temperatures and rainfall followed by warm temperatures in the spring and summer; which made this an exceptional vintage. The vines were in great condition, as there was an absence of rain during critical months, the harvest ended up being earlier than usual by about three weeks. The wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and tannin.

La Emperatriz Crianza is produced from grapes grown in various vineyards; the vines have an average age of over 25 years. The harvest is completed manually during the second week of October and, once at the winery, grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks for four days with gentle pumps overs to extract colour. The wine is aged on its fine lees; 80% is moved to American oak barrels and the 20% is placed in French oak to age for a total of 14 months. The wine is aged in bottle for 12 months before it is released to market.
Taste: Approachable in its youth and full of dense fruit and spice. Ripe red and black fruit, typical of Tempranillo, showing black and red cherries, blackberry, cranberry and currants. There is fresh turned earth, fresh balsamic and freshly laid tar with underlying notes dill, coconut, and baking spices from the oak aging. This wine is dry, medium-full bodied with a little more firmness and strength showing as a result of the vintage.
Cellaring Potential: Drink now or cellar for 8+ years
Food Matching: Grilled lamb chops, roasted eggplant or firm sheep’s milk cheese.

La Emperatriz Crianza 2015

La Emperatriz Crianza 2015