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.
The wine displays complex, red berry aromas with smoky vanilla notes. On the palate, there's round, warm and juicy spiced red cherry fruit with a velvety character, and ripe tannins are apparent as a firm but pliant structure. The wine's suave tannins and acidity will help the wine mature very well in bottle.
Score: 87 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
The 2001 Coto de Imaz Reserva, from a superb Rioja vintage, is medium ruby-colored. It offers up an attractive bouquet of cedar, spice box, clove, and red fruits with some complex secondary characteristics from bottle age. This leads to a medium-bodied, smooth-textured, elegant wine with good balance and moderate length. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10 years. It is a good value in traditionally styled Rioja.
Score: 88 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
Floral spice infuses the black cherry flavors of this wine, its youthful tannins giving a bitter edge. This is silky in the center, warm and tense in the end. To decant for grilled lamb chops.
Score: 87 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
Tilts a bit toward the ripe side, with sweet, mature aromas of blueberry, raisin and vanilla. Its fleshy and soft in terms of feel, with earthy, warm flavors of fig, berry and molasses. Drink now for its traditional integrity and tobacco-like qualities...
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