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: 88 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Ruby-red. Fresh red fruit and floral aromas show good energy and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Offers pliant cherry-vanilla and bitter chocolate flavors, with a tangy jolt of mint adding cut. Dusty tannins grip the finish, which shows good focus and persistence. Give this one a little air time."
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