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.
Bright pink color. Intensely fruity aromas of red cherry (from the Garnacha grapes). Palate is smooth, fresh, fruity and dry.
Score: 83 PointsWine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
This light, dry ros delivers berry and floral notes with crisp acidity that adds drive to the flavors.
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.
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.
"Blend of temperanillo and garnacha, this brightly colored and dry rose is loaded with cherry and strawberry fruit." - Tom Marquardt & Patrick Darr
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
"Like sour cherries, the perfect marriage of sweet and tart. Fruity and reminiscent of strawberries with a dry finish."
Score: 86 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Serve well chilled and this wine will keep you cool."
Fruity, smooth, fresh summer deck wine. Spicy foods, shellfish, pork, barbecue and antipasto. - Bill Van Ollefen
"Spain produces some excellent value ross...one is El Coto Rosado, made from garnacha and temperanillo." - Lou Campoli
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
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