2007 Finca La Emperatriz Reserva
Red • Rioja • Rioja DOC • Spain • 90% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, Graciano et Viura • 88/100 Wine Spectator, 16,5/20 Jancis Robinson, Silver Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
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2007 Finca La Emperatriz Reserva, Rioja, Spain, Rioja Alta DOCa
A wine made in Baños de Rioja won one of the awards of the wine contest at the Universal Exposition of 1878 (Paris): it was the wine entered by Eugenia de Montijo, Empress of France and the owner of a vineyard with great quality potential. In 1996, the Hernáiz family purchased that same estate, and brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz took charge of a project aimed at producing quality wines.
12 km from Haro, nestled between the Sierra de Cantabria and Sierra de la Demanda mountain ranges, Finca La Emperatriz is located in the northwestern end of the Rioja. Classified as DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada), it lies at 570 m above sea level in one of the highest plateaus in the Rioja Alta.
The 101-hectare estate enables the winery to produce their entire range of wines with their own grapes, by selecting the areas in accordance with the profile of each of their references.
This wine comes from vines of 60 years old with a very low yield. After fermenting at 23°C for eight days, the must and skins macerated for another 18 days. It was then racked into new oak barrels, aged for 24 months in 225-liter oak barrels (60% of the barrels used are made of American oak, and 40% are made of French oak) and then for 22 months in bottles. Half of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and the other half underwent this fermentation in new oak barrels.