El Coto Rioja Blanco certainly stems from modest beginnings to one of the best known of Rioja producers. This white Rioja is zingy and refreshing with tropical fruit flavours. This wine is pale lemon in colour with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. On the palate, it has lively acidity leading to a dry, fruity finish.
El Coto Rioja Blanco is also currently available by the glass in The Wine Press, Dundee's finest Wine Bar.
|Grape||Viura, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, White Blend,|
|Style||Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Tropical Fruits, Citrus Fruits|
About the region and 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.
White Rioja continues its rise in popularity and El Coto have invested in new sites to supply demand. With pockets of the new property climbing 900 metres altitude, this is the highest vineyard in the region, and the elevation and aspect is ideal for the planted white varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo. El Coto Rioja Blanco contains a small proportion of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo to back up the primary Viura. The addition of these varieties adds freshness and aromatic intensity to the blend. The El Coto ‘875m Finca Carbonera’ Chardonnay, tips the hat to the high-altitude Finca Carbonera vineyard where the grapes are grown. For extra texture and flavour it is barrel-fermented and aged for three months in new French oak barrique.
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.
Have been buying this for many months. Much prefer this to the many other white Riojas.
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