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Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Terruno 2010

Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Terruno 2010 750ml
93Wine Advocate
93Stephen Tanzer
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Other vintages 2011
RegionLa Rioja
WineryBodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz
Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
Cropped from a fresh vintage with good ripeness and balance, the 2010 Finca la Emperatriz Terruño could well be my favorite wine from what I tasted from La Emperatriz for this article. This is relatively young Tempranillo, planted in 1996, was fermented in open-top vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a mixture of new and used French (80%) and American oak barrels for 14 months. There is a sense of harmony, with perfect integration of the oak aromas, spices, red and black fruit and also notes hinting on citric aromas that lend an overall feeling of subtlety and elegance. The texture and quality of the tannins feel different from other wines (is it the French oak), as they are perhaps more approachable, with less rusticity and more elegance. It finishes with very good freshness and persistence. 16,326 bottles produced.
Rated 93 by Stephen Tanzer
Opaque ruby. Heady, exotic perfume of dark berry liqueur, candied flowers, vanilla and incense, with notes of spicecake and smoky minerals emerging with air. Palate-staining blackberry, cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors convey excellent depth and energy, with a jolt of juicy acidity providing added lift. Smoothly marries richness and vivacity, finishing with lingering sweetness and harmonious, fine-grained tannins.

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Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Region: La Rioja

Spanish wines have always been packed full of character and tradition, making Spain a fascinating country for any fan of Old World wines. By far the most beloved and well known wine region in Spain is La Rioja, a lush and fertile region in the north of the country, famed for its superb single variety and blended red wines, usually made from Tempranillo and Garnacha varietal grapes. These two key grape varietals have been cultivated in this part of Spain for centuries, and are capable of expressing not only the rich, delicious fruit flavors they carry, but also the finer features of their terroir. La Rioja's terroirs are fine ones indeed, with a range of mineral rich soils, and climatic conditions which are ideal for viticulture, resulting in wines of real character and distinction.

Country: Spain

Spanish wines are renowned world-wide for carrying all the passion and character of the Spanish culture within them. Any lover of Spanish wine would undoubtedly be able to confirm this notion, as the variety and range of flavors and aromas coming from the high end of Spanish produce is truly impressive, and continues to delight and fascinate both newcomers and the more experienced. Spain benefits massively from an ideal climate for wine production and vine cultivation, with its long, scorching hot summers and far reaching oceanic breezes working perfectly with the native and imported grape varietals, which thrive on the mineral rich soils that cover much of the country. With centuries of knowledge, and generations of expertise under their belts, Spanish wineries continue to focus on raising the quality of their nation's wines, helped along the way by relatively new laws and regulations regarding regional excellence and representativeness.