Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wine Review: El Coto Rioja

El Coto Rioja is a Rose Wine imported from Spain. It uses Grenache and Tempranillo Grapes harvested in the higher altitudes of the Alavesa district. The result is a clean and dry rose. Pinkish by color and slightly acidy by taste. It is a little dry. A great wine for a summer BBQ or offered with a cheese snack.

The wine is grown on five hundred hectares of mostly clay, sand and limestone near the Najerilla River. The wine is then processed and stored in American oak barrels which heighten its quality.  Growing wine in clay soils leaves a higher mineral content to the vine but also impacts the ripening time.

Rose wine is created from removing the stems and then placing the grapes within the water. The longer the grapes sit within water the more dark the color of the wine becomes. Rose is one of the easiest wines to produce. Because of the light flavoring of the rose it goes with many types of foods ranging from Seafood to Lamb.

Expect to pay about $10 per bottle.

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