Inexpensive Spanish wine is not normally something I’d recommend, Coto de Imaz is impressive for something at this price. Dark burgundy in color, this 2004 Rioja — which spent 18 months in oak and 24 months in bottle before seeing release — has silky tannins muted by just enough time. The body offers herbs, but not overpoweringly so, with a bright and tart raspberry character.
The finish is moderately short, but pleasant, with the herbal notes coming back around. Good with food or on its own.
B+ / $20 / elcoto.com
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