2008 El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja (Previously $40)

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Founded in the 1970's in Oyón, just outside of Logroño, El Coto has steadily grown and is now a very large owner of vineyards, primarily in Rioja Alta. Their gran reserva, produced from a single vineyard named Los Almendros, is a beauty. Aromas of macerated berries and a hint of kirsch lead to a very pretty palate: aromatic, lifted and energetic. As with a few of our other favorite 2008's, this wine really shows the elegance of the vintage. It will continue to improve, but is in such a great spot now.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2017 | Send Email
An impressive, single vineyard (located in Oyon) gran reserva, from what is steadily becoming a favorite vintage of the aughts for me in 2008. El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva initially takes some coaxing before it begins showing its stuff. While on day one, the wine showed a decidedly savory aromatic profile, slightly rustic and beefy, with tasty dark fruit leather on the palate, by day two the wine had opened up considerably. Somehow the fruit came into beltter focus, the savory development and earthiness receded into the background after a day of opening. I would therefore suggest at least a one hour decant, and then pair with whatever cut of lamb is available. Terrific gran reserva.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5