Dominik Mueller

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2005 Bodegas El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva

Tasting note

2005 Bodegas El Coto Rioja Coto de Imaz Reserva

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.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 28 September 2023.


88Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM88 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2005
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Tempranillo
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Bodegas El Coto
Region:La Rioja
Appellation:Rioja DOCa
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