Coto Real Rioja DOCa. 1998

El Coto de Rioja

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.

Additional Information

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.

Recent Press

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image Durham Independent Weekly Author: Arturo Ciompi
    Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    An excellent Rioja estate. Fresh, boisterous textbook Rioja; vanilla extract, deep, wood imbued fruit, herbs and spices could be from no other region. Flavors are beefy and power-packed with lively acids. - Arturo Ciompi

    Grade: 'Spanish, anyone?'
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2005

    Leathery and smoky, with woodsy aromas as well as the essence of dried red fruits. Like many classic Rioja, its a touch racy and acidic, but that zest pushes the cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit forward toward an even finish. As a whole, its snappy, with a solid core. - Michael Schachner

  • Wine Image MSNBC Author: Edward Deitch
    Date: Thursday, December 23, 2004

    "The wine is simply superb and well worth the price. The main grape is Tempranillo, a wonderful variety and the most important in Spain (it is also being grown in limited quantities in California and even Texas). At times, Tempranillo has reminded me of Merlot, Pinot Noir, even Italys Nebbiolo, which is to say that it has lots of dimension. The Real Reserve also has a bit of Grenache and Graciano in the mix. The wine spent 16 months in French and American oak and was aged for two more years in bottle before release.What emerges is gorgeous aromas of ripe, dark berry and cedar, then an array of tastes that include blueberry, plum, blackberry, cedar and mocha, as well as hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The wine is well structured, refined yet slightly earthy; the tannins have softened to where they provide texture but dont intrude.This is a wine you will want to sip and savor through a delicious dinner on a festive evening. As for me, Id like to raise my glass to the spirit of the holidays and a great new year." - Edward Deitch

    Grade: 'Wine of the Week'
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
    Date: Friday, October 31, 2003

    Gorgeous and appealing. This fleshy red brims with sweet, ripe plum and blackberry fruit and toasted vanilla oak notes. The tannins are ripe, the texture velvet. Drink now through 2008. -- Thomas Matthews

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