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.
Vintage classified as EXCELLENT, with the potential of becoming a historic harvest of Rioja thanks to its outstanding quality. The general evolution of the vineyard in the 2010 harvest was very good, as the cycle developed without any significant incidents in both quantitative and qualitative terms. The flowering and fruit-set developed in the month of June with a slight delay, resulting in a good fruit-set and a predominance of medium-sized clusters. The excellent vegetative state and health of the vineyard up to the end of the cycle stand out in this vintage.
This is El Cotos new effort, or new to the American market, and it marks a distinct departure from the consistent style of the three wines above.
It comes from a single vineyard of 80 year old vines yielding just 20 hectoliters per hectare. Its a beautiful, luxury wine, but more international than Rioja in personality. The earthy authenticity of the earlier three has been replaced by a polished, suave charm - I described it as a boulevardier of a wine, with Victor and Cesar providing the Spanish equivalent, seorito.
While not exactly to my taste though Ill drink it with enthusiasm its a clever commercial move by El Coto, even if it does risk muddying their identity, as it will certainly appeal to large sections of the high-end American red market.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Vivid ruby-red. Cherry, redcurrant, cured tobacco and vanilla on the perfumed nose. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated cherry-vanilla and dark chocolate flavors that flesh out slowly with aeration. Dusty framing tannins come in late on the long, penetrating finish.
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