El Coto Rioja Crianza is a vibrant ruby red in colour with a garnet rim. Aromas of red fruits, vanilla and toast entice the nose. On the palate, the wine's silky texture is tempered by concentrated, red berry fruit and notes of sweet spice from the oak, which culminate in a juicy and persistent finish.
|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Oak Aging, mocha, Red Fruit, Fresh|
About the Producer
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known of Rioja producers. Its first bottling was released in 1975.
Today, El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. El Coto is the leading quality brand in Rioja and among the top-selling Spanish wines in Europe.
El Coto is the largest vineyard owner in the Rioja region which provides a tremendous ability to control the quality of the grapes which go into their wines. Most of the fruit used is sourced from their own sites. Their outstanding Red wines are made with grapes picked primarily in the heart of Rioja Alta at their own estate at Cenicero. An increased focus on sustainability, in both the winery and the vineyard, includes the use of cover crops and preventative pest management. They are not just stopping at sustainable agriculture either, currently El Coto are in the process of converting around 40 hectares of vineyards in Los Almendros.
Head winemaker César Fernández oversees production, from the vineyard to the winery making sure the grapes arrive in perfect condition at the modern and strategically designed winery. Temperature control is of prime importance at the winery and the grapes are sorted and handled with great care to avoid any spoilage. The Blanco is fermented at a relatively cool 14 to 16°C to preserve primary fruit aromas and to retain that essential freshness.
El Coto Crianza, made from 100% Tempranillo, is not released to the market until it has been aged for almost two years. It spends one year in American oak and at least eight months in the bottle before it arrives on our shelves. The taste is clean and supple with energetic and vibrant red fruit profile.
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