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.
The wine shows ripe fruits aromas integrated with a toasted and balsamic character. After time in the glass, these aromas evolve towards seductive traces of infusions, spices and tobacco. The attack in the mouth is very soft, developing an unctuous and round sensation with silky tannins, lively and fresh. Finally, the aftertaste is long and persistent, with fruits and toasted notes, and a pleasant freshness.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
Aromatic, with spice and dried fruits, this silky, expressive red offers plum, raisin, coffee and orange peel flavors, with enough tannins for grip. Fresh and balanced, with a perfumed finish.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Online Author: Thomas Matthews
Aromatic with spices and dried fruits, this silky, expressive red offers plum, raisin, coffee and orange peel flavors, with enough tannin for grip. Its fresh and balanced, with a perfumed finish.
Score: 88 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
The aromas of sarsparilla, tree bark, dried raspberry and cumin take you back to traditional Rioja winemaking. With lighter-weight fruit, herb and tomato leaf flavors, this is a solid old-school wine that will hit the right marks with tapas or roast meats. Its got some tea and tang as well, courtesy of zesty acids.
Score: 88 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
Medium red. Cedary strawberry, dried cherry, cigar box and black tea aromas are underscored by subtle cola and vanilla. Velvety and medium-bodied, with red berry and bitter cherry flavors seemingly free of tannins; a bite of bitter chocolate emerges on the back. Fully mature Rioja, with good complexity and finishing sweetness. I'd serve this with lighter meat dishes.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
The 1998 Gran Reserva is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 24 months in French and American oak followed by 5 years in bottle prior to release. Medium to dark ruby, it offers mature aromas of cedar, spice box, damp earth, red currants, and cherry. On the palate, this medium-bodied effort has a solid core of fruit, good depth, and concentration, and a long, pure finish. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 10 years.Baron de Ley is a solid source of traditionally styled Rioja.
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