Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Garnacha 2012 750ml
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Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Garnacha 2012

Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz - La Rioja - Spain - Rioja

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Rated 92 by Stephen Tanzer
Deep, bright ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed red fruit liqueur, incense and vanilla aromas, with peppery spice and mineral nuances adding vivacity. Palate-staining, juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors deepen and spread out with aeration. Combines power and finesse with a deft hand and finishes sweet and very long, with smooth tannins building slowly.
Rated 92 by Robert Parker
With a sweet and captivating nose, the 2012 Finca la Emperatriz Garnacha Cepas Viejas is sourced from the Rioja Alta subzone (not the classical Garnacha place), from the only old-vine Garnacha plot they have in the estate. It is fermented in open-top, stainless-steel vats with indigenous yeasts after 4-5 days of pre-fermentative maceration and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 11 months. It has a sweet, red fruit nose with toasty notes, ripe without excess, with some floral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with some fine tannins and a slightly bitter finish that makes me think the wine needs a little bit more time in bottle to blossom fully, as I think it has what it requires. 6,975 bottles produced.

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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Varietal: Grenache

For many centuries now, vintners in the dry and arid regions of Europe have been growing the purple skinned fruits of the Grenache vines for use in a wide range of different wines. Their influence and popularity led to them being planted all over the New World in any region with the correct climatic conditions for them to thrive in, away from the damp or wet weather which causes this particular varietal to very easily rot. Grenache grapes are prized by many as a result of their spicy berry flavors, and the fact that they have a relatively high alcohol content in the bottle. This has led to them being often used as a blending grape, although single variety bottles are also common and make the most of their light body and interesting, rich flavors

Region: La Rioja

La Rioja is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Spain's wine regions, and the deliciously drinkable, complex and fascinating single red wines and blended wines of this special region have gone down in history as some of the finest on earth. La Rioja is located in the north of Spain, close to the Atlantic coast, but shielded from the cold and wet weather by the expansive Cantabrian mountains. As such, the climatic conditions in La Rioja are ideal for ripening the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes used in the production of the fine red wines the region is famous for. Wineries in La Rioja take great pride in their heritage and traditions, and the winemakers of the region employ a range of time honored techniques alongside more modern methods to make the most of their superb crops each year.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.