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Finca La Emperatriz Viñedo Singular 2017

Finca La Emperatriz Viñedo Singular

2017
93
PARKER
93
PEÑÍN
93
SUCKLING
92
DECANTER
94
TIM ATKIN

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production38,500 bottles

The wine

Eduardo and Víctor Hernáiz, current owners of Finca La Emperatriz, have decided to make substantial changes in their winemaking project. Wishing to recover the style of fine wines for ageing which were so important in the history of Rioja Alta, they have produced two wines from Viñedo Singular vineyards, a label awarded to unique small old plots which have historically produced a small yield of top quality fruit. 

Finca La Emperatriz Viñedo Singular Tinto is made from a careful blend of grapes from the oldest vines at the Finca La Emperatriz estate. A classic Rioja, it is a fine and elegant wine with clear precise aromas and flavours which has been awarded excellent ratings from all the top wine critics.

What does this wine taste like?

The Grenache and Macabeo grapes play an important role in adding acidity and freshness to aromas of ripe black fruit wrapped in pepper and liquorice. A classic Rioja, with clear precise flavours and aromas, it is a serious and well-balanced wine combining maturity and power with the elegance and subtlety of fine spicy and herbal tones. Intense in the mouth with firm yet well-worked tannins and exuberant fragrances of plums, blackberries and cherries. With a style between a medium and full-bodied wine, it offers a serious, dry and long finish which promises a great future.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Ratings and awards

201894 PK95 TA
201793 PK93 PN93 SK92 DC94 TA
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: DecanterTA: Tim atkin

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

I really liked the seriousness, restraint and balance of the 2017 Finca la Emperatriz Gran Vino Tinto, a blend of 76% Tempranillo, 22% Garnacha and 2% white Viura. It combines ripeness and power with elegance and subtleness. The wine feels too young, especially in the palate, with some tannins still to be resolved by some more time in bottle. It's medium to full-bodied and has a dry, serious and long finish. This should evolve toward a quite classical expression of Rioja. 37,950 bottles and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in July 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 93 PARKER

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Winemaking

The grapes are harvested by hand in the third week of October, and then carefully selected and destemmed before being left to ferment together with native yeasts in concrete tanks. They then undergo a malolactic fermentation in wood before the wine is left to age for 14 months in the same new and used French and American oak barrels.

Vinification materialConcrete
Ageing period14 months
Barrel ageNew and second year
Type of woodFrench and American oak

Vineyards

The excellent Finca La Emperatriz Viñedo Singular is produced from vines growing in a stunning landscape with a 40 cm covering of white pebbles and stones in Rioja Alta. The characteristic terroir is admired for its elegant wines thanks to conditions ideal for vine-growing. The pebble-strewn vineyards are well-drained and ideal for vine roots to seek out its limited nutrients, while the plants enjoy hours of plentiful sunshine. The vineyard is classified as a Viñedo Singular, a label awarded to unique small old plots which have historically produced a small yield of top quality fruit. Growing at an altitude of 570 metres above sea level, the Tempranillo, Grenache and Macabeo vines are between 50 and 65 years old.

Vine ageBetween 50 and 65 years
SoilSandy loam / Pebbles
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz

Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz

Finca La Emperatriz is one of the very few Rioja wineries to produce their wines from one single vine-growing plantation, which is customary in Bordeaux's Médoc region (other Rioja wineries employing the same model are Remelluri, Valpiedra and Contino). This is an estate of excellent quality whose potential had already been recognised at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1878 and which concealed a very important history. The estate originally belonged to Eugenia de Montijo,...

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