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.a
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Bright ruby-red. Cherry compote, vanilla, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke on the perfumed nose. Pliant and broad on entry, offering smoky red fruit, mocha, coconut and sweet chewing tobacco flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. The smoky quality returns on the juicy, nicely persistent finish, which is framed by smooth tannins. Old-school Rioja in all its American oak glory; this would be great with a strongly seasoned lamb dish or pungent cheeses, especially blues."
"Really just delicious for its combo of fruit and wood; all tempranillo, ripe tannins, snappy acidity; terrific buy for all the nuance."
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
"Raspberry and plum aromas are fresh with a hint of sharpness. This defines zesty and crisp; the acidity level is high, which is common for 2008s, but theres enough body and power to support red-berry and vanilla flavors. A cleansing, fresh finish closes things out."
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