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: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
This lively dry rose offers a nice balance between fresh berry fruit and crisp acidity, with just enough tannins for group. Focused and expressive. Drink now.
The El Coto de Rioja Rosado has an intense pink color and offers a smooth palate feel, with the dominant flavors of cherry and raspberry. This is a fresh and lively wine with a semi-dry finish. A terrific choice for grilled fare, pasta salads, fish and summer salads.
In the dog days of August, few wines are more refreshing than a good dry rose. This Spanish version, made from a blend of two fine red wine grapes (tempranillo and garnacha), is bone dry, fresh, clean and uncomplicated. It offers penetrating flavors of cherries, strawberries and rose hips. Chill it and drink it between now and the baseball playoffs. Serve with picnic food.
12.5 percent alcohol, tempranillo, garnacha grapes. Bone dry; tart cherry flavors; crisp and fruity.
Score: 87 PointsThe Wine News Author: Other
If you like a ros in the summer, this one is a great bargain. Its dry and displays a beautiful translucent red-orange color, has subtle licorice and strawberry flavors with a long complex finish... This ros is perhaps the best value listed here.
And, blending garnacha and tempranillo, theres the straightforward, pink El Coto de Rioja Rosado, a Rioja ready for barbecued meat.
Heres a ros thats more scrupulous than many, more attuned to flinty, limestone-infused mineral qualities than gushing fruit, though there are plenty of scents and flavors of macerated strawberries and currants and cherries. Still, its stony austerity and reticence seem a reflection of or panacea for the long, hot afternoons on Spains high plains, emphasizing zesty refreshment over mere pleasure.
"The 2005 El Coto Rosado from Rioja is about $10, bone-dry and packed with fresh cherry flavors."
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