Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2004
This is a wine which is ruby red in color, with a fairly opaque color and a notable density. It has an intense aroma, where the scents from the ageing are immediately noticeable: vanilla, cigar box, caramel. On further appraisal the fruits come to the fore, the varietal aromas from Tempranillo like blackberries and plums. The palate is also intense, powerful and wellstructured, but with a polished tannin. It is outstandingly well-balanced, with fruit, acidity and wood all present but not dominating.
An impressive soil, with a top layer of 40cm of large whitish pebbles over a loose, sandy sub-soil. Very elegant wines are usually made in these sort of soils; they are ideal for growing grapes, as they have excellent drainage, deep root structure, limited access to nutrients and perfect illumination.