El Coto de Rioja produces one white, one rose, and four red wines.
Coto de Imaz is available in a Reserva and a Gran Reserva. I have several bottles of both and gave the Reserva a try this evening.
Coto de Imaz Reserva is 100% Tempranillo produced in the Rioja region of Spain by El Coto.
The wine is aged in American oak for 16 months and then spends another 3 years in the bottle before release.
The nose was full of red berries with a touch of cedar.
The palate found more red berries, strawberry, mellow oak, and, after opening up, a touch of chocolate.
The tannins were fairly smooth and lead into a pleasant finish with a touch of cedar.
I found this to be a wonderful classic Rioja. It is a versatile Spanish table wine that will pair with a wide variety of lighter dishes (beef, chicken, pork, and some fish). I enjoyed it this evening with some chicken fajitas, and it went very well. Its light ABV of 13% will allow food to shine through. I would not recommend it for an extremely hearty dish (as in aged Cajun ribeye, Lobster Fra Diavlo, etc.) as the food will wipe out most of its flavors.
Coto de Imaz Reserva retails for about $20.
I am looking forward to tasting the Gran Reserva (and more of the Reserva!).