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: El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz 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 18 months of aging in new and used American oak and 24 months in bottle prior to release.
Deep dark ruby color. Nose of complex fruit aromas (notably wild strawberry) with soft, warm, oaky tones. Full-bodied, round and velvety palate with the firmness typical of Tempranillo in the finish. Will continue to develop in bottle.
"This complex and integrated 100 percent tempranillo drinks like a $35 Gran Reserva. Nuances of ripe strawberries, cedar and black pepper are laced throughout the aroma and taste. An inspired choice for venison or a hard cheese such as aged Spanish manchego." -- F. Paul Pacult
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
"Coffee, tobacco, plum, raisin and spice notes show traditional character in this balanced, food-friendly red. Its maturing but still lively, with a bright, spicy finish. Drink now through 2007."-- Thomas Matthews
"Expressive aromas of dark berries and wood smoke, with fine balance." -- Michael Franz
"This hugely popular wine--it is the number one selling brand in Spain--is a fine example of why some of the best-value red wines at the moment come from that country. This modern-style Rioja exhibits bright, fresh fruit flavors rounded out with just the right touch of oak." -- Nick Passmore
Score: 88 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Other
"Theres a roasted red color to this taut Rioja, but the flavors are fresh and vivid sour cherry and a touch of blackberry, with detail work done in vanilla wood the wine as a whole is balanced and integrated. A fine, traditionally styled Rioja for a rare grilled steak."
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