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 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
"Lurid ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and dark berries on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. A vanilla notes comes up with air, adding sweetness and carrying through a smooth, gently tannic finish. This accessible Rioja drinks quite nicely after an hour or so of aeration."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
"Cocoa and spicy notes frame the cherry pie and vanilla flavors in this generous red. The round texture is supported by light tannins and juicy tangerine acidity. Leans toward sweetness, but remains fresh. Drink now through 2019."
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