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!
Crianza is the youngest level of Rioja classification, but this little beauty is still replete with all the earth and dust and heat of a high sun in an impossibly bright blue sky of a sleepy Spanish town in mid-summer at least after an hour's decanting. Along with the other Rioja on this list, its a prime example of why these wines are such incredible value.
Warm, spicy aroma with notes of earth, black licorice and berry; smoky cherry flavor with solid tannins and a hint of cassis.
Score: 87 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Josh Greene
Supple and clean, this is a simple, red-fruited tempranillo with sweet notes of strawberries and herbal, earthy tannins. For braised lamb.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
"This focused red delivers bright flavors of cherry, pomegranate, anise and spice. The structure is modest but balanced. Clean and elegant. Drink now through 2020."
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