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 previously tasted the 2004 Reserva. Tonight, I opened the 2001 Gran Reserva.
I wouldn’t call it a great wine, but it is a very good wine. If you like Riojas, you will enjoy both versions of Coto de Imaz.
Similar to the Reserva, the Gran Reserva is 100% Tempranillo. The grapes are harvested from vineyards in the Cenicero (I’m pretty sure that means ashtray!) region of Rioja Alta in Spain.
I gave the wine a one hour decant.
Cherries, red berries, vanilla, and oak were present on the nose.
My first sip found black fruit, pepper and spice, oak, and vanilla. The tannins were slightly rough after the first hour, but had completely smoothed into the second hour. This was a well balanced wine.
I enjoyed a nice medium finish, bringing with it more oak with vanilla. Vanilla on the nose, on the palate, and on the finish, and not in a one dimensional way. Well done, El Coto (like they’re listening)!
The wine opened up beautifully as the evening progressed (next time, a longer decant!). As I said previously, if you like Riojas, you will likely enjoy this wine. If you do not care for the oak that many Riojas bring on the nose, palate, and/or finish, this wine is not for you.
This wine will pair well with most roasted red meats, grilled chicken, or grilled fish dishes. Paella would probably go great. It will not hold up well to an overly saucy, cheesy, or spicy preparation.
The Gran Reserva retails for about $45. I was able to find some on sale locally for $34. At $34, I think it has good value, at $45, it is on the verge of overpriced. This vintage is drinking well now. I’m not sure extended cellaring will add anything to it (if you find it, drink it!).
Please let me know your thoughts if you happen to come across some.