El Coto Real Reserva is a special winemakers selection only produced in the very finest vintages.
Terroir: Mainly Tempranillo, small percentages of Mazuelo and Garnacha Tinta. Grapes from our vines located in Rioja Alta. Very old vineyards with a great potential for quality. The vineyard Los Cuartos Viejos in Cenicero is a good example.
Vinification: Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes are handpicked, and meticulously sorted prior to vinification at the winery. The juice sees extended skin contact and a cool vinification in order to extract, flavor, balance and structure prior to aging. The wine is aged in the cellars of El Coto for a period of 22 months in a combination of French and American oak followed by an additional 24 months in bottle prior to release.
A full bodied red wine of intense color, combining ripe blackberry and raspberry aromas with a mixture of balsamic, vanilla, and spice flavors. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle is to be expected, especially as the wine continues to age.
The reserva is one of this winery's top-shelf offerings, and mentioned here (where there's always an attempt to locate reasonably priced wines) only because it has an aroma that can make fans of big, full-bodied reds swoon at the first whiff. Beyond the lush dark berry aromas, there is a complex spiciness and a hint of vanilla. This one is worthy of stashing in the cellar for special occasions; perfect with red meat.
If anyone asks me where the excitement in European wine is centered these days, I reply with one word: Spain. Spain has always made lots of wine. In fact, Spain has more land under the vine than either France or Italy. However, the past several years have seen an amazing effort on the part of the Spanish wine industry to raise quality and find an international audience. A new generation of Spanish winemakers, many of them trained abroad, is using cutting-edge winemaking techniques, and experimenting in new regions to bring Spanish wines to global prominence. Recommended Spanish WinesEl Coto Rioja Reserva "Coto Real" 1997Lush and dense, ripe and intense, with blackberry fruit and smooth, meaty notes.---Anthony Dias Blue
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Other
Bright, expressive, fleshy---all words that came up again and again describing this wine's fruit, from nose to finish. The core is mostly blackberry, with mixed plums and a dash of oak; it's medium-full, mouthfilling but not huge. Finishes with some chewy tannins, and an almost beefy flavor. Perhaps too big to fully appreciate now; best drunk from 2005.
It still surprises me that a great wine from Spain sells for less than so many ordinary wines from California and France, particularly the Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The smart money here is on this dark, rich Rioja that combines depth with finesse. Outstanding vintage, outstanding producer, outstanding wine, outstanding price.
Score: 90 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Other
A surprisingly vibrant '97, this has a freshness that only gains firmness and fruitiness with air. It starts off with a rose perfume and the clean scent of plums. Then it's earthier on the palate, with a smoky black herb tannin that toughens up the finish. Give it six months to open (though it will probably benefit from several years), then drink it with grilled baby lamb.
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