El Coto de Rioja Rioja Reserva 2015
This beautiful 2015 Reserva Rioja is from El Coto's 50th anniversary vintage. Crafted from a selection of high quality Tempranillo grapes in the Rioja region, this Reserva experiences 18 months of aging in oak casks leading to great complexity with pronounced notes of ripe fruit, cocoa and well-balanced acidity. A great choice to pair with beef and other hearty meat dishes, aged cheeses, charcuterie and more.
Located in Oyón, one of the historic cities of the D.O.Ca. La Rioja, El Coto de Rioja was founded in 1970. During these 50 years, El Coto has strived to create of one of the most recognized wine brands in Spain and around the world. El Coto is the largest owner of vineyards in the D.O.Ca. Rioja, with four distinct estates (and eight individual properties) sprawling throughout the three sub regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. The D.O.Ca., or Denominacion de Origen Calificada, is the regulatory classification system that governs quality within the three sub regions of Rioja. As the largest winegrowers in the Denomination of Origin Rioja, with 730 hectares of owned vineyards, El Coto is committed to quality and consistency in winemaking, producing wines from the different sub regions, while focusing on Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.
El Coto not only takes care of what goes in the bottle, but how it’s handled before and after it gets there. Typical aging rules for Rioja D.O.Ca. dictates that a Crianza must be oak aged for 12 month. El Coto takes it a step further with 12+ months in oak, and an additional six months in bottle before release. This helps ensure the best possible product travels from the winery to your table. At the high end, their extensive cellars of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are complemented by the single-vineyard Coto Real project that brings a modern interpretation to high-quality wines. The basis of the labels is an engraving made by the artisan Ricardo Barriobeña that reproduces iconic monuments that are part of the facilities, like the deer that receives visitors at the entrance to the winery or the Monastery of Imaz. The Imaz monastery, owned by the company, is the main theme of the engraving on the label. Similarly to the monks that already cultivated the vineyards in this area in the XVI century, the use of estate vineyards is the basis of Coto de Imaz wines. Each one of the El Coto de Rioja wines reflects a portion of the original engraving. The exception is Coto Real, the winery's most exclusive wine, whose label is a complete reproduction of the original work.
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Wine SpectatorThis solid red's thick texture is built of muscular tannins and ripe fruit, with plum and currant flavors mingling with forest floor, clove and baking spice notes. Orange peel acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2030. 100,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.