2008 El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja (Previously $40) SKU #1294558

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Tasting Notes

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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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    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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