El Coto, Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva 2016
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano
Notes: Vegan, Vegetarian
This wine is a brilliant ruby colour, with russet tones. On the nose, there are aromas of toast and coconut followed by tertiary aromas including leather and a noticeable earthiness. The palate is fruit forward with distinct red berry and dried fruit characteristics, alongside a hint of oak-derived spice. It is rounded with silky tannins and finishes with a persistent and complex aftertaste.
The ‘Coto de Imaz’ wines are made from a selection of the best Tempranillo grapes grown in El Coto’s vineyards in Cenicero, Rioja Alta. The soils here are limestone-rich clay and produce grapes of great flavour intensity and excellent levels of acidity, crucial for the making of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines which undergo extensive oak ageing. A small amount of Graciano is also included in the blend for the Gran Reserva, to add complexity.
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from humble beginnings into one of the best-known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has approximately 800 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. This makes them the largest vineyard owner in Rioja and gives them great control of the quality of the grapes which go into their wines, the majority of which are sourced from their own vineyards.