2015 El Coto, `Coto de Imaz` Rioja Reserva, 6x750ml

2015 El Coto, `Coto de Imaz` Rioja Reserva, 6x750ml

2015 El Coto, `Coto de Imaz` Rioja Reserva The best grapes are selected for the Imaz wines. This red has a wide range of delicate red fruit accompanied by smoky nuances and hints of vanilla from the new American oak.

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £57.00
This wine is intense cherry in colour with a hint of ageing at the rim. On the nose, it has ripe red fruits accompanied by hints of cocoa from the new American oak. On the palate, the wine is velvety and round, with smooth tannins and good acidity. The finish is balanced and long.
2015 El Coto, `Coto de Imaz` Rioja 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 'Coto de Imaz' wines are sourced from carefully selected vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa with soils composed of limestone and clay. The Tempranillo bush vines are aged between 35 to 55 years old and are low yielding (around 4.5 tonnes per hectare), producing grapes with superb concentration of flavour balanced by vibrant acidity.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were sorted, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks at 22-27°C and lasted for around 30 days. After malolactic fermentation in tank, the wines were transferred to new, 225-litre American oak barrels where they were aged for 18 months before the final blend was assembled and bottled. After this, the wine was aged for a further 24 months in bottle before release.
2015 was characterised by abundant rainfall in the winter and a very warm spring and summer, which meant the grapes were harvested earlier than usual. August, however, was marked by more moderate temperatures which enabled the grapes to retain freshness and aromatics in the run up to harvest.