Wine Review – Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 June 05, 2017 17:20

Date: June 2017
Name: Coto De Imaz
Varietal: Tempranillo
Region: Rioja
Price: Usual Price £20.99; Special June Offer £18.99 

“Got a lovely Rioja” came the shout, fancy another review? Fairly straightforward “yes” was my retort. Generally speaking, my favourite region I have to say, so for once I felt that I might know what I was talking about. As usual, I was wide of the mark on this front, but nevertheless, I enjoyed this bottle immensely.

The label suggests that this is mature and elegant, which is interesting, since sustained consumption yields the “user” precisely the opposite. So I uncork and see if it will be retiring to my study for a cigar, or pounding the streets to find someone to go supermarket trolley racing.

I poured a glass – my first glass and it looked magnificent, so I googled somebody else’s review on this and aside from all the flavours, that frankly I’m not accustomed to speaking about, they say to “drink through 2020”. Unlikely to last 3 years this one was my first thought. Blood red, viscous with a nose that just hits you and this lovely red just gave me positive vibes from the off.

Rolling on to my second glass – dear me, this is great and it can be anything you want it to be. Refined – yes, elegant – yes, fun – yes, just brilliant. Moving forward, I’m starting to feel like driving tomorrow is a bit of a pipe dream, so I may as well settle down and enjoy this one. 14% by the way and it says to serve between 16 – 18 degrees, which is a tad annoying, since my oven doesn’t go down that low, but where I’m at in this lovely summer’s evening is just fine.

Completely and utterly chilled out now and I really doubt that a night out in smoke-filled rooms in Amsterdam could match this, so without a doubt, I recommend this – you really won’t be sorry. I’d say buy 2, in the albeit unlikely event one suddenly breaks on the way home.

So, no trolley racing tonight and it certainly didn’t last until “2020”. Another great find from Provender Brown.

Derek Hamilton
The Wine Related Ramblings