Crianza Rioja DOCa 2012

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

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!

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Rioja
  • Winemaker: Cesar Fernandez
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 12.5%
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  • Sizes Available: 375ml, 750ml
  • UPC Code: 0 89744-42370 2
  • Varietals: 100% Tempranillo

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Forbes Author: Nick Passmore
    Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017

    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.

  • Wine Image The Wine Buzz Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Warm, spicy aroma with notes of earth, black licorice and berry; smoky cherry flavor with solid tannins and a hint of cassis.

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Josh Greene
    Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Supple and clean, this is a simple, red-fruited tempranillo with sweet notes of strawberries and herbal, earthy tannins. For braised lamb.

    Grade: Year's Best!/ Best Buy!
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
    Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016

    "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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