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 a wine that is produced from grapes grown in various vineyards; the vines have an average age of over 25 years. The harvest is done manually during the second week of October. Once in the winery, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks for four days with gentle pumps overs to extract colour. Crianza is aged on fine lees before moving 80% to American oak barrels and the 20% and remaining 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.