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.
2001 is one of the top rated Rioja vintages in recent memory. Weather was hot and extremely dry throughout the growing season resulting in wines of great concentration and extraction. The 2001 is dark in color while showing the early stages of maturity around the edges. Polished and refined on the palate with notes of cherry, cedar, tobacco and leather.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Deep red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry, redcurrant, vanilla and wilted rose, with a smoky nuance in the background. Smooth, sweet and open-knit, offering sappy red fruit and spicecake flavors with hints of mocha and chewing tobacco. Soft and seemingly tannin-free on the finish, which shows excellent tenacity and repeating smoke and red fruit qualities. This would make a superb match for braised short ribs or lamb shanks when the weather turns cold."
Score: 92 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"Explosive scents of woodlands herbs, choke cherries and ripe cherry tomatoes mark the juicy, satisfying flavors of this wine. It has persistence of flavor without excess weight, an elegant and supple memory of cherries. Classical Rioja, this is redy for cabrito."
"Red cherry fruit, damson, violets and sandalwood combine beautifully to end with soft, spicy flavors."
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Bright red. Intense aromas of briary red berries, cherry-vanilla, tobacco and smoky oak spices. Elegant and silky in texture, with bright cherry and redcurrant flavors and no excess weight. Very clean, precise and nervy Rioja, with strong finishing cut, good length and resonating spiciness."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
"The 2001 Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva (from a superb Rioja vintage) is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano aged for 24 months in American oak followed by several years of bottle aging prior to release (the expense of so-doing being one reason why many Rioja producers have abandoned the Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva traditional system of oak and bottle aging). It is a complex, restrained, sophisticated offering featuring a bouquet of dried fruits, incense, and floral notes. Smooth-textured, still fresh (from its firm acid structure), and impeccably balanced, this suave effort can be approached now but will provide considerable pleasure over the next 8-10 years. El Coto de Rioja is a widely distributed brand of mostly traditionally styled Rioja that generally offers very good value."
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
"Toasty and elegant from the beginning. The nose breathes Christmas spice and mature berry fruits, while the palate deals a persistent structure and acidity for added spine. Tastes a little rooty and savory, with root beer and chocolate notes to the finish."
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