Crianza Rioja DOCa 2008

El Coto de Rioja

El Coto de Rioja Crianza is one of the most popular wines in all of Spain and one of the top selling Rioja's in the world. Year in/ year out this wine exhibits character, complexity and value unmatched in the category.

Terroir: The Crianza is sourced from low yielding Tempranillo grown on estate and other vineyards primarily in Rioja Alta, as well as additional sources in Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja.

Vinification: The wine is macerated and fermented in stainless steel vats for 20-25 days with extended time on the skins to extract flavor and complexity, followed by 12 months aging in a combination of new and used American oak and 6 months in bottle prior to release.

Additional Information

The 2008 vintage of El Coto's entry level Crianza is a blockbuster! This 100% Tempranillo shows layers of fresh raspberries, cherry, cedar and spice typical of a classically styled Rioja. This is all wrapped up in a vanilla and leather laiden package that is medium in body and sports a long, soft finish. Always a good value!

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Santé Author: Unlisted
    Date: Monday, October 1, 2012

    "This benchmark of modern Rioja features black cherry, vanilla, and toasty oak aromas over herbal hints, and flavors of red currants and cooked strawberries with vanilla and light spice. Soft tannins on the balanced, fruit-filled finish. Great price point."

    Grade: Recommended
  • Score: 86 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
    Date: Monday, June 4, 2012

    "Light but focused, this red has fresh cherry, berry, leafy and licorice notes, with lively acidity, gentle tannins, and a juicy finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases imported."

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