Blanco Rioja DOCa 2009

El Coto de Rioja

Vinification: The El Coto de Rioja Blanco is a fresh, clean styled white crafted from a blend of Viura, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdello grown in the Rioja Alavesa region. The must is cold macerated for 24 hours and fermented in stainless steel for 15 days, followed by 3-6 months in stainless steel prior to fining, a gentle filtration and bottling.

Always fresh and crisp on the palate with notes of citrus and pear. This is a great value white perfect for seafood and salads.

Additional Information

The 2009 El Coto de Rioja Blanco is pale gold-yellow with greenish hues, the wine is intensely aromatic, well balanced, with body and the fruit has a refreshing tart character. Pleasant acidity combines perfectly with an exquisite aftertaste of flowers, fruit and fine herbs.

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Food & Wine Author: Ray Isle
    Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    "The limestone soils of Rioja Alavesa, situated at the southern edge of Basque country, help give this light-bodied white wine aromatic notes of flowers and spice."

    Grade: Secret White Wine Superstars
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Monday, November 1, 2010

    "Good, clean and pleasant. The nose has pure apple and pear aromas along with a hint of vanilla and powdered sugar. Its fresh in the mouth, with lively apple, white peach and green banana flavors. Closes well and stays zesty and true from start to finish."

    Grade: "Best Buy"
  • Wine Image Wine Spectator Online Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Monday, October 25, 2010

    "One of my favorite comfort foods for an evening meal is a grilled cheese sandwich. But Ive added a few twists over the years, as my culinary horizons have expanded. My latest version, enjoyed on a cool autumn night in the midst of the baseball playoffs, featured ciabatta filled with aged cheddar and sliced tomatoes that was then pan-grilled in duck fat. It would have been even better with sliced red onions layered in, but thats where my wife, Wendy, draws the line. Instead, I topped it off with her homemade chili sauce.Its quite a sammy, as my colleague Bruce Sanderson told me recentlya dish that calls out for a hearty wine. I found just the ticket with the El Coto de Rioja White 2009. Made from the Viura grape (also called Macabeo), this wine from Spains most famous appellation features lots of fresh fruit flavors, including juicy bosc pear and quince, with hints of tarragon and apricot on the finish, all backed by fresh acidity.The winemaking is refreshingly straightforward as wellcold maceration with the must for 12 to 24 hours and then fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days, with a short time in the bottle before release. It was just the ticket to balance the rich, toothsome flavors of the cheddar, duck fat and hot pepper notes of the sandwich. I rated it 87 points, non-blind, and its a heck of a bargain at just $10 a bottle."

    Grade: A Fruity White with Grilled Cheese
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
    Date: Friday, October 15, 2010

    "Peach and honeysuckle notes are delicate yet fragrant in this focused white, which is medium-bodied, with citrusy acidity and light herbal notes. Very refreshing."

  • Wine Image Food & Wine Author: Unlisted
    Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    "The limestone soils of Rioja Alavesa, situated at the southern edge of Basque country, help give this light-bodied white wine aromatic notes of flowers and spice."

    Grade: Secret White Wine Superstars
  • Wine Image Food & Wine Author: Ray Isle
    Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010

    The limestone soils of Rioja Alavsa, situated at the southern edge of Basque country, help give this light-bodied white wine aromatic notes of flowers and spice.

    Grade: Secret White-Wine Superstars
  • Wine Image The Austin Chronicle Author: Wes Marshall
    Date: Friday, June 11, 2010

    Spain's El Coto de Rioja winery is massive (it has more than 6,000 acres planted to vineyards), but its commitment to quality is unassailable. Every year, its El Coto de Rioja Blanco gets a little bit better than before. The wine is made solely from citrusy Viura grapes that match up nicely with a lightly dressed, fresh green salad.

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