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El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja 2014 £23.95
EL COTO COTO DE IMAZ RIOJA GRAN RESERVA
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker César Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350-kilogram crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes
Grapes for the two Coto de Imaz wines are picked exclusively from El Coto's estate in Cenicero in Rioja Alta, where the soils are limestone and clay
The Control Board of the Rioja DOCa awarded an official rating of 'Good' to the 2014 vintage. A wet winter replenished water reserves in the soil and a warm start to the spring triggered an earlier than usual budbreak. Mild temperatures during the summer allowed the grapes to go through a perfectly paced slow ripening. Occasional showers required careful management of the vine canopy in order to keep mildew at bay and some rain at the time of harvest meant that more rigorous grape selection than usual was required to ensure that only grapes in pristine condition made it into the wine.
After harvest, only the best grapes were selected for this wine, as the maceration on the skin lasts for three to four weeks. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 21-27ºC for 21-30 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine was then aged in new French and American oak for a minimum of 24 months, followed by 36 months ageing in bottle.
This wine is a brilliant ruby red colour with tinges of brick red. Mature and elegant, its rich aromatic complexity is initially subtle, revealing itself more and more as the wine breathes. Toasted oak nuances and coconut give way to notes of leather and damp earth from bottle ageing. On the palate, silky, rounded tannins accompany fresh red berries, dried raisins and spicy notes. This is a complex wine with exceptional concentration and a long finish.
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