Friday, October 6, 2023

El Coto Winery: A Gem from Rioja, Spain

Established in 1970, El Coto de Rioja has become one of the largest wineries in Rioja. They have over 730 hectares, spread over seven different parts of Rioja, with their Los Almendors vineyard being the largest in the Denomination of Origin Rioja.

When you think of El Coto, think everyday wine, every celebration wine, a wine you can reach for, anytime and for anything. Reasonably priced, these wines should be a go to.

Being that we are having summer in fall, and I’m certainly not complaining, the El Coto White, Rosé, and Crianza are exceptional choices to relish right now. They're versatile, refreshing, and with the holidays just around the corner, these wines promise to be delightful additions to your celebrations.

El Coto Blanco 2022 SRP $11.99 - This wine is a blend of 93% Viura(indigenous white grape to Rioja), 4% Sauvignon Blanc & 3% Verdeho. All the grapes come from their Finca Carbonera Vineyard which is at the highest altitude of 840 meters in Rioja. Fresh with floral notes, citrus, honeydew melon, and very easy drinking. I paired this with Day Boat Scallops.

El Coto Rose 2011 SRP $11.99 - This wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Granacha. Fresh and inviting. This beautiful salmon color rose, very fresh, had hints of strawberry with lime zest on the finish.

El Coto Crianza 2019 SRP $16.99crafted from 100% Tempranillo grapes. Aged for 12 months in 225 liter American oak and an additional 6 months in the bottle, this wine delights with notes of red fruit, subtly infused with hints of vanilla and spice on its memorable finish. Whether enjoyed at room temperature or slightly chilled, this wine is a perfect companion for anytime meals, particularly when served with a sizzling grilled steak.

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