2012 El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva
A rather majestic, classic, bold Rioja from El Coto. The cooperative banded together 50(!) years ago and collectively boast hundreds of years of wine-making know-how.
In stainless steel tanks for 21-30 days, with just enough maceration to achieve the balance between fruit and extract.
The wine has been aged in American and French oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months, followed by a minimum of 36 months of refining in the bottle.
9 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020
"Brilliant ruby color, with russet tones. Mature and elegant, its aromatic richness is changing and subtle, becoming more apparent as the wine breathes. Notes of toast and coconut followed by tertiary aromas (leather, wet earth), and red fruit and dried fruit. Round, silky tannins, persistent and complex aftertaste."
This dark, relatively tight-knit Rioja proves that the Gran Reserva category doesn't just indicate the supremely well-aged, relaxed and reposeful style of Rioja, but can also serve to draw drinkers' attention to outstanding wines of density and tenacity which still have a way to run along their potential aging trajectories. Look out for dark, urgent fruits here sweetened and back-lit by cunningly angled oak, with intense, deep, fresh and searching flavors in which the 10% of Graciano seems to be working overtime. A Rioja of innate drama.
Wine Enthusiast 94
Classic Rioja aromas of graphite, cherry, plum and oak are lightly toasted and spicy. On the palate, this offers chewy depth and impeccable balance. Ripe, heady plum, cassis and berry flavors are also nuanced and elegant, while this gran reserva from a ripe vintage tastes of vanilla and mild oak on the finish. For an affordable high-quality gem, look no further. Drink through 2028.
James Suckling 91
Lots of vanilla, chocolate-coated blackberries, cedar, tobacco and glazed dark cherries. Medium to full body, succulent tannins and a fruit-driven but tangy finish. Drink in 2021.
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