The Cotswold Cheese Co

2012 Rioja Crianza, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

£11.59
  • 2012 Rioja Crianza, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

The Cotswold Cheese Co

2012 Rioja Crianza, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

£11.59

Description

El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from...

modest beginnings into one of the best known of Rioja producers. 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. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker Cesar Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.

Vineyards

The grapes for this wine are sourced mainly from Rioja Alavesa (65%) with some from Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Soils are mainly limestone and clay.

Vintage Information

The 2012 vintage was marked by drought, which had an effect on both grape volume and grape quality in some places, but also resulted in a significant quantity of very high quality wine. Rains in late September had a positive effect on ripening and harvested grapes were well balanced and healthy. The Rioja Control Board rated the 2012 vintage ‘Very Good’.

Vinification

The must is fermented in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks at 20-26ºC over a period of 20-25 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is aged for a minimum of 12 months in American oak and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red in colour, the nose is fresh and pronounced. The palate is clean and well balanced, with a core of red and black fruits. The finish is juicy and long.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Winemaker Cesar Fernandez
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.03g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.5