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.
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!
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
"Cherry, leafy, tobacco and smoky flavors mingle harmoniously in this balanced red. Fresh and lively, with a moderate structure and a clean, spicy finish. Drink now through 2015."
Score: 88 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"Tight and black at first, this opens to reveal gentle red spice from oak over round, elegant fruit. That fruit lasts on one simple note, refreshed by some greenness in the tannins. Ready for lamb chops."
"A tasty, cherry-accented Rioja thats 100 percent Tempranillo, its aged for 12 months in oak barrels, which is the requirement for Crianza Riojas."
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