Rosé Rioja DOCa 2005

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: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews
    Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007

    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.

  • Wine Image about.com Author: Stacy Slinkard
    Date: Friday, August 18, 2006

    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.

    Grade: Third in Top 8 Rosé Wines
  • Wine Image Baltimore Sun/Michael Dresser Author: Michael Dresser
    Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

    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.

    Grade: Wine Find
  • Wine Image Miami Herald Author: Fred Tasker
    Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006

    12.5 percent alcohol, tempranillo, garnacha grapes. Bone dry; tart cherry flavors; crisp and fruity.

    Grade: Recommended--Rosé fans, it's safe to come out now
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image The Wine News Author: Other
    Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2006

    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.

  • Wine Image Newsday Author: Peter M. Gianotti
    Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    And, blending garnacha and tempranillo, theres the straightforward, pink El Coto de Rioja Rosado, a Rioja ready for barbecued meat.

    Grade: Get Ready for a Picnic. Here are.. roses in bloom
  • Wine Image Frederic Koeppel (syndicated column) Author: Frederic Koeppel
    Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    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.

    Grade: Refrigerator Door Wines
  • Wine Image USA Today Author: Jerry Shriver
    Date: Friday, July 7, 2006

    "The 2005 El Coto Rosado from Rioja is about $10, bone-dry and packed with fresh cherry flavors."

    Grade: Summertime Bargains

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