I had bought two bottles of this Coto de Imaz Reserva at an auction. Before opening this first bottle, I was a bit cautious and didn’t really know what to expect from the wine. It is not very highly rated on CellarTracker and the last tasting notes date back several years. But the fully intact cork was evidence of good storage by the previous owner. What came into the glass then promised unadulterated drinking pleasure:
Dark ruby red with only a slightly brick-coloured rim, by no means appearing old. The aromas literally flowed out of the glass. There are tobacco leaves, liquorice, vanilla and an earthy minerality. The aromas are inviting and supple. In the mouth, a velvety texture with very soft tannins. Ripe strawberries and liquorice on the palate. Only the finish is rather short, making the acidity stand out a little. This could indicate that the 2005 Coto de Imaz Reserva is at the upper end of its drinking window after all, and prevents an even higher rating. DM88-.