Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 95 points
The wine that represents the traditional and serious reds from Haro, the 2012 Imperial Gran Reserva is a classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo that matured in barrel for two years. It has a textbook serious Haro nose, with dark spices, ripe fruit, something balsamic and a round, full-bodied palate within the straight and serious style of the wine. 2012 was a warm year, but the wines are fresher than those from 2011. This has fine, slightly grainy tannins with good grip. A textbook Imperial Gran Reserva. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015.
Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
Aromas of baked blueberry and prune on the nose reflect the hot, dry vintage. The solid palate brings dense berry and plum flavors that show a touch of raisin prior to a fruit-laden finish. Drink through 2026
Wine Spectator – 91 points
Loamy earth and forest floor notes frame cherry and currant flavors in this round red. Well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity keep this focused. Shows a nice balance of fruity and savory characteristics.