Review: 2004 Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva

coto de imaz riojaDon’t let the price fool you: Coto de Imaz’s 2004 Reserva Rioja is a surprisingly drinkable, mature, and enchanting wine.

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 /

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2 Responses

  1. Viola October 7, 2009 / 4:18 am

    Rioja trink ich wirklich gern! Werd den mal ausprobieren!

  2. Nigel September 13, 2010 / 5:40 am

    price shouldn’t matter, if it’s a good wine then the price shouldn’t be questioned if its cheaper than most.

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