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.
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.
The seductively delicate nose charms and intoxicates and Im not talking about alcohol here. Subtle hints of sage, mint and rosemary, monte bajo what the French call garrigue, that mlange of Mediterranean herbs that infuses these characterful old red wine -- waft out of the glass enveloping my senses.
Made only in the best years from the companys best vineyards in the best region, Rioja Alta. It then ages for 24 months in American oak followed by 36 months in bottles. What an extravagant use of time, what other wine region employs such expensive delay in the cause of creating great wine?
Score: 91 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
risp, direct, smoky aromas are intertwined with berry and oak-based vanilla scents. This feels fresh, easy and in the drinkability zone. Cherry, plum and berry flavors are bright for an eight-year-old wine, while the finish is more secure and solid than racy. Drink through 2021.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
"Dark red. Aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a peppery element adding lift. Sweet and supple on the palate, offering smoky red fruit and rose pastille flavors plus a touch of coconut on the back half. Finishes smooth and long, with very soft tannins and an echo of sweet oak spices."
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