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.
"The 2011 vintage is yet to be rated as we write, though for us it has been one of the best vintages to date, with a great balance among sugar concentration and phenolic ripening. A long winter and ample spring rain brought a good fertility to the vineyards. Summer temperatures were high, though the beginning of August brought them down, slowing down the ripening process. September brought good weather and cool nights, resulting in a vintage with good sugar levels and a very good phenolic ripening.
The color is a lively pale pink and the nose a display of strawberries and childhood candy. Dry and easy drinking it displays a wide range of red and dark fruits, strawberries, and cherries, sharp and crispy." -Victor Charcan
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Bright pink. Pungent, herb-accented aromas of cherry and rhubarb, with a spicy topnote. Dense and chewy, with slightly rustic red fruit flavors and a hint of white pepper. Finishes with good, chewy persistence and lingering spiciness"
Score: 86 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Unlisted
"Bright with sweet watermelon flavors and herbal notes, this is an easy summer pour for bacalo fritters."
"This wine is made from 50% Garnacha and 50% Tempranillo, two classic Spanish varieties. The nose has a spectacular rose aroma, along with raspberry and strawberry. The palate is quite tasty too, offering strawberry and ripe black cherry flavors up front, evolving into a squeeze of lime and a dash of pepper on the finish. The acidity is sufficient, and the mouthfeel is good.
While the wine comes from Spain, it goes beautifully with spicy Thai food. Put the two together and you're in for a scrumptious international feast.
Score: 87 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
"Aromas of watermelon and a dusting of natural vanilla mark the bouquet. On the palate, its fleshy but still crisp and focused, with nectarine, red apple and strawberry flavors. The finish lasts, with some sweetness."
"Exuberant cherry and berry aromas are joined by a pleasant light earthiness on the palate of this forceful dry ros, which has light noticeable tannins and a cherry finish."
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