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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
El Coto Crianza Rioja 2001
El Coto Crianza Rioja 2001
(search item no. 81458)

PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Varieties : Tempranillo 100% from Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. Vinification : Fermented in stainless steel vats for 20-25 days, with frequent remontages and extended maceration in order to achieve the right equilibrium among the fruity and the tannic sides of the extract. Ageing : Aged for 14 months in American white oak (Quercus Alba) from the Northern Appalachian mountains in U.S.A.. These barriques have a 225 litres capacity, are medium toasted and previously dried for two years. Then the wine has been aged in bottle in our facilities for, at least, 6months before reaching the market. Tasting Notes : Red ruby colour, harmonic, well balanced, with vanilla and oak hints. Soft and long in the mouth, shows a fantastic fruit concentration combining the subtle strawberry aromas so typical of the Rioja Tempranillo with the notorious vanilla bouquet of the American oak. Serving Suggestions : Serving temperature: 16ºC-18ºC (61ºF-65ºF). Perfect with white meat, pasta, fish (depending on type and sauce), veal, chorizo and light cheeses.
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About El Coto:

The first wines of El Coto de Rioja were introduced to the Spanish market with the 1970 vintage in 1975. So great was their success that two years later, the decision to double the capacity of the wine maturing in their cellars was taken in order to export part of the production. Their growth has continued unabated for 25 years, and now El Coto has been launched in the United States market through Frederick Wildman and Sons. Today, the world is looking for wines with character and elegance; moderate in alcohol content, well balanced and harmonious with refined cuisine. El Coto is an excellent example of a new generation of quality Spanish wines, which conforms to prevailing tastes.