Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 beat a raft of strong competitors such as Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2010 and Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 to be named 'Wine of the Year' in the US Wine Spectator Magazine's annual Top 100 list of the 'most exciting wines of the year'. The wine was chosen for 'its ability to balance Rioja's tradition and modern innovation in delicious harmony.'
The wines in the Top 100 list are chosen by the magazine's editors on the basis of quality, value, availability and an X-factor defined as "excitement". It is five years since a non-American wine has scooped the top spot on the list and the first time a Spanish wine has reached the number one spot in the lists 25 year history.
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 was given 95 points out of a potential 100 by the magazine, taking into account its US$63 price tag and 4,000 case production.
Rupert Lovie, CVNE Brand Manager comments: "This is a fantastic accolade for CVNE and we are all delighted and very proud. The Imperial wines are true Rioja classics, only produced in exceptional vintages so we have always been confident that the 2004 vintage is a very impressive wine. However, receiving this recognition from the Wine Spectator is very special and gives the winemaking team the confidence and determination to continue making outstanding wines like this one."