I’ve been trying for less expensive wines to sell at the store, knowing that money is tight all over. This one, though, which I tasted last week, had to be brought in – El Coto Rioja Crianza.
From Spain, and in a Bordeaux-type bottle showing the French influence on Spanish wine, El Coto Rioja is a smooth and silky wine that makes you want to drink it again and again. It is 100% Tempranillo grapes from the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa in Northern Spain and spent a year in oak after fermentation in stainless steel. It is ruby red and has typical fruit and licorice aromas. It finishes well and is medium weight without too much tannin.
It sells for about $16 a bottle, just a few dollars more than you already spend. For a dinner party with close friends or as a special indulgence, it is worth it to give it a try.