2005 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva- Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (6/22/2018)
With family at dinner in Washington DC after my uncle’s unveiling. This was one of his wines. Storage in an apartment in a high rise in a closet without temperature control, but we have no idea when he bought it. There was a MacArthur Sale sticker on the back. Popped, decanted and poured. Followed for not too long because there were lots of us sharing it.
I really liked this wine. There was roasted meat with some smokiness and great breadth. Dark brooding red fruit. No real sign of age yet. Not a baby but hardly mature. I had a 45 year old one a few years ago that was perfect, so this has plenty of time left in it. (92 pts.)
We drank half a bottle of the 2005 CVNE Imperial Reserva [Rioja] last night - not the GR - and I thought it was excellent. I got a little wood on the nose, but it was complex, interesting on the palate. Sandalwood, nutmeg, red berry fruit. It felt like a mature Pichon Lalande to me, actually - one whose tannins had all resolved into silkiness. It’s wine with great texture. I’d give this an A, it’s just a very well balanced wine, that would appeal to both traditionalists and modernists.