Rosé Rioja DOCa 2004

El Coto de Rioja

Vinification: The El Coto Rioja Rosé is a traditional blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha sourced from estate and other vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa. The wine sees a quick 48 hour maceration on the skins to extract flavor and color followed by a cold fermentation and bottling.

The wine has tangy, red cherry aromas with piquant herbal notes and ripe, juicy flavors on the palate. Cleansing acidity helps balance the fruit and helps the long, clean finish.

Additional Information

Bright pink color. Intensely fruity aromas of red cherry (from the Garnacha grapes). Palate is smooth, fresh, fruity and dry.

Recent Press

  • Score: 83 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
    Date: Saturday, September 30, 2006

    This light, dry ros delivers berry and floral notes with crisp acidity that adds drive to the flavors.

  • Wine Image Apollonaire (Raleigh, NC) Author: Other
    Date: Saturday, July 1, 2006

    A ros vinted from 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha grapes came next. The 2004 El Coto Rioja Rosado ($10) had a bright pink color and Bing cherry aromas on the nose. The wine was crisp and clean with medium-high acidity and 12.5% alcohol. There were ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors on the midpalate and a hint of citrus in the back of the mouth.

    Grade: In the Pink
  • Wine Image Baltimore Sun/Michael Dresser Author: Rob Kasper
    Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    Pale pink Spanish rose made with Grenache and Tempranillo grapes that has a cherry aroma, medium body, slightly orange hue and remarkably clean finish. Excellent partner with grilled chicken.

    Grade: Five Favorites
  • Wine Image Maryland Gazette Author: Tom Marquardt & Patrick Darr
    Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    "Blend of temperanillo and garnacha, this brightly colored and dry rose is loaded with cherry and strawberry fruit." - Tom Marquardt & Patrick Darr

    Grade: 'These wines are excellent mementoes to bring the mind back to summer'
  • Wine Image Metro New York (free daily paper) Author: Joseph Delissio
    Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2005

    From Riojas high-altitude vineyards of Alavesa comes a delicious Rosado (the Spanish term for ros wines.) El Coto uses Temperanillo and Grenache grapes, which are briefly fermented on their skins until a lovely salmon color is obtained. Flower aromas of soft, delicate cherry make this dry ros a delight for warm September days and nights. Best of all, it can be had for about $10. - Joseph Delissio

    Grade: 'Drink Well'
  • Wine Image The Wine Buzz Author: Other
    Date: Thursday, September 1, 2005

    "Like sour cherries, the perfect marriage of sweet and tart. Fruity and reminiscent of strawberries with a dry finish."

    Grade: 'Bargain$Buzz'
  • Score: 86 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, September 1, 2005

    "Bright pink-orange. Delicate aromas of cherry, mint and rose petal. Juicy, dry, light and brisk, with understated flavors of cherry, flowers and earth. A restrained, spicy, dry rose that possesses modest complexity but offers easy drinkability." - Stephen Tanzer

  • Wine Image MSNBC Author: Jon Bonné
    Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005

    "Rioja fashions its sturdy rosado (ros) primarily out of garnacha and tempranillo grapes, and this arrives bright and balanced, with ripe red fruit offset by jumping herbal notes and a great juicy core. A truly well-built wine." - Jon Bonn

    Grade: 'Rosé: It's not just for summer anymore'
  • Wine Image Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Author: Christopher Cook
    Date: Monday, August 22, 2005

    "Tempranillo and grenache grape, quite intense flavor of cherry and a trace of blueberry, and slightly tannic. Also dry. Good, gutsy pink wine." - Christopher Cook

    Grade: 'Off the shelf'
  • Wine Image Newsday Author: Peter M. Gianotti
    Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005

    "Time to clip ross.These user-friendly, versatile wines are best dry, and they're the right alternative on those beachy August afternoons when you're slouching toward a second Heineken.And the straightforward 2004 El Coto Rosado arrives in the pink from Rioja, heady with strawberry and raspberry notes. The wine is half tempranillo, half garnacha, all refreshing. Good with spicy food. Also about $10." - Peter M. Gianotti

  • Wine Image Ray and Eleanor Heald's 'Focus on Wine' (syndicated column) Author: Ray And Eleanor Heald
    Date: Thursday, August 4, 2005

    "Serve well chilled and this wine will keep you cool."

    Grade: 'Wine Picks'
  • Wine Image Stamford Advocate Author: Bill Van Ollefen
    Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    Fruity, smooth, fresh summer deck wine. Spicy foods, shellfish, pork, barbecue and antipasto. - Bill Van Ollefen

    Grade: 'Wines of the Week'
  • Wine Image Rye Record Author: Lou Campoli
    Date: Friday, July 1, 2005

    "Spain produces some excellent value ross...one is El Coto Rosado, made from garnacha and temperanillo." - Lou Campoli

    Grade: Voice of the Vine
  • Wine Image New York Daily News Author: Mary Ewing Mulligan
    Date: Sunday, June 19, 2005

    This crisp, dry ros from Spains Rioja region is a delightful choice in summer or whenever you want something light and fresh. Its bone-dry and medium-bodied for a ros, with aromas and flavors suggestive of red berries and melon, with mineral nuances. Grilled shrimp or prawns would be an ideal accompaniment, as would salad nicoise or grilled chicken breasts. - Mary Ewing Mulligan

    Grade: 'Wine Pick'
  • Wine Image Nation's Restaurant Author: Mary Ewing Mulligan & Ed McCarthy
    Date: Monday, June 6, 2005

    The Rioja region produces excellent dry ross, with enough tannin and structure to accompany main courses, but they're also fine aperitifs. A blend of Grenache and Tempranillo from the cool Alavesa district, this wine is quite dry and has tart cherry flavors. - Mary Ewing Mulligan & Ed McCarthy

    Grade: 'Wine of the Week'

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