Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva
The Best Rioja in the World
Every June, The Best 50 Wines in the world are announced, at the Decanter World Wine awards. They are the international awards for winemakers and their wines. Over 16,500 wines were entered this year and the first winners announced, are the top 50 scoring wines from all 280 judges across the whole category. It is an immense achievement to win, and the wines from the vintages that win, gain instant notoriety and cult status. They are also extremely hard to get.
In June, Decanter released the top 50 wines from this year’s awards, which represented less than a Third of a percent of the wines that were tasted. Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja 2012 was named as a Best in Show wine after it received a near perfect score of 97 points standing out among the top wines in the world, and the only Rioja wine to win the award. What is superb, was that there were 8 wines from Spain amongst the top 50 wines, showcasing the overall quality of Spanish wine. But there was only one wine from Rioja, and while it is not cheap at €30 per bottle, there were many wines over twice its price from Rioja among the 16,500 wines entered.
Alcohol Volume: 14.5%
Tasting Notes: A complex nose as expected, deft coconut framing a savoury amalgam of rotting lumber, dried herbs, leather and baking spices. Sensual and refined, rustic elegance, there's a fine degree of stuffing to its midweight frame. Dusty strawberries on a wet forest floor and wood that doesn't detract adds to its complexity.
Food Pairing: Lamb, Steak, Smoked Fish