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.
The smoky, spicy nose and earthy aromas went exceedingly well with the slightly gamey flavor of the lamb.
Score: 90 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Other
Temperanillo flavors of cool red cherries last through this wine, their juiciness made elegant by oak aging. The aromas slowly open with air toward black pepper spice, pure Rioja in feel, for tapas or tripas braised in white beans.
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