Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Viura Cepas Viejas 2012 750ml
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Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Viura Cepas Viejas 2012

Rioja - La Rioja - Spain

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Rated 92 by Stephen Tanzer
Bright, green-tinged yellow. Suave oak- and mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit aromas show very good clarity and a sexy floral overtone. Silky and broad in the mouth, offering intense pear and nectarine flavors accented by bracing Meyer lemon and ginger nuances. Combines power and vivacity deftly and finishes sappy and very long, with repeating floral character and a suggestion of buttery brioche.
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
The second white is a serious effort, the 2012 Finca la Emperatriz Viura Cepas Viejas. It is fermented with natural yeasts and aged in new and used barriques, giving it a ripe nose of yellow fruit and plenty of smoky/spicy tones with a mineral/chalky sensation and aromas of orange peel that I think reflects quite well a dry and warm vintage which produced riper wines. The palate is quite powerful with flavors that follow the sensations found in the nose, perhaps lacking a bit in the mid-palate. It feels fresher than the 2011, but it's still lacking a bit of length. 4,760 bottles.

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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.

Region: La Rioja

The northern Spanish region of La Rioja has been producing many of Spain's finest and most characterful wines for generations, and is a historic region of country featuring several fascinating examples of ancient wine making practices. The wines of La Rioja stand up as some of the finest in the world, with devoted fans across the globe drawn to their rich flavors, relatively light body, and complex, deep and enticing aromas. Typically, wineries in La Rioja use the fine Tempranillo grapes which grow in abundance on the excellent soils of the region, and occasionally blend their wines with the highly aromatic Garnacha varietal, amongst others. There has also been an increase of interest in La Rioja's superb white wines in recent years, which usually utilize the Viura varietal grape and result in exquisite aged bottles.

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.