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.
"Aromatic, with floral and vanilla scents, and plush on the palate, this modern red shows ripe plum and blackberry fruit and generous oak, with well-integrated tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Drink now through 2008." -- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 2004
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
The wines of El Coto de Rioja are traditionally styled. The best of the three recommended wines is the 2000 Coto Real Reserva, a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, and 10% Graciano, which was barrel-fermented in new French oak and then transferred to a mixture of used French and American oak for 16 months. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals an attractive perfume of crushed flowers, mineral, tobacco, and black cherry. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has a solid layering of blackberry fruit and a seamless elegance to its personality. Drink this nicely rendered Rioja over the next 4-6 years.
Score: 89 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
Theres no shortage of barrel-driven hickory, coffee and chocolate on this modern-style Rioja, but theres also a spike of green on the nose and at the core of the flavor profile. Surrounding that is bright blackberry, amplified tannins and bursting acidity. Needs air upon openingthat, or more time in the cellar.
Score: 90 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Other
"A spicy Rioja, and an impressive one for the 2000 vintage, this is soft but substantial, full of peppery cassis fruit and an anise-tinged finish. Serve with something that offers a bit of acidity, like seared duck breast in a red wine reduction."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
"Aromatic, with floral and vanilla scents, and plush on the palate, this modern red shows ripe plum and blackberry fruit and generous oak, with well-integrated tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Drink now through 2008." -- Thomas Matthews
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