The El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva is produced only in years when the color, acidity and tannin levels combine to support the lengthy aging in process required by the Gran Reserva designation.
Terroir: The Coto de Imaz wines are made with grapes grown on El Coto’s Cenicero estate vineyards. These vineyards are home to low yielding, old Tempranillo vines in Rioja Alta. The clay and alluvial soils of this region are known for crafting wines with great longevity and good acidity.
Vinification: Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva is 100% Tempranillo sourced from estate vineyards in the Rioja Alta. The wine is slowly vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for a period of 20-30 days. The wine receives extended skin contact to encourage extraction, balanced tannins and structure, followed by 24 months of aging in American oak and 36 months in bottle prior to release.
Intense red cherry color with orange tones. Complex, concentrated fruit on the nose, with hits of earth, leather and spice. Ripe, concentrated fruit in the mouth, well balanced, with soft ripe tannins. Long fruit-driven finish. Right-click here to download the super sellsheet.
Score: 94 PointsDurham Independent Weekly Author: Arturo Ciompi
When theyre right, Gran Reserva Riojas are a dream. Dark, supple, relaxed and very smooth, large nose. Like a wise slumbering oldster, all in place. The deep cherry, plum and oak gently fill the nostrils. A marvel of balanced gorgeous fruit that silkily caresses your palate. Perfect harmony. - Arturo Ciompi
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
Supple. Maturing but still lively, with cherry, tea, and floral flavors over light but firm, tannins. Spicy notes linger on the long finish. A fine example of the traditional style, delicate and elegant. Drink now through 2006. -- Thomas Matthews
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