CUNE’s Imperial wines are made from a small plot of their best vines in Rioja Alta and only produced in the very best vintages. The Imperial Gran Reserva is their top of the line wine and made for the long haul. The 80% Tempranillo blend is aged 3 years in French and American oak then 4 years in the bottle prior to being released to the market. Compared to CUNE’s regular gran reserva wine, the Imperial is much more concentrated with dark red cherry and black berry fruits. The long oak aging adds plenty of licorice, vanilla and spice with the additional bottle aging just starting to bring out the complex earthy and leathery notes of an aged wine.