We picked up all that was available of the 1996 El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva as when do you get to try a delicious, aged Rioja from an very good vintage for a price like this? Never that I know of. After trying a bottle of this we jumped on it and you should too. It's got notes fo dried cherry and plum with tobacco leaves, vanilla, spice and a velvety texture. Elegant and very impressive.
"Broad-shouldered and muscled-up, this hearty wine seems more youthful
than it is. The nose is spicy and full of lively berry aromas, while the
palate is laced with red cherry, raspberry and vanilla. It's a classic
gran reserva with dried qualities and spice. It's right on the money." Wine Enthusiast (2007)