75cl * Vegan * 14% ABV * Rioja, Spain
Sourced from 40-year-old vines owned by one of the largest and most highly regarded companies in Rioja. This spends two years in barrel and two years in bottle before release. A deep garnet with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Wild berries and liquorice merge with notes of toffee, tobacco and undergrowth from barrel ageing. Soft and elegant, with smooth velvety tannins and a hint of black pepper, this is a deliciously warm and inviting red ideal for lamb or hard cheeses.
A favourite during a Taurus staff training session in Oct 23.
Random CVNE fact - the winery of Imperial was designed by Gustave Eiffel of the Parisian tower fame.
Drink to 2027.