El Coto Crianza 2008

Producer: El Coto de Rioja
Wine name: El Coto Crianza
Type: Red
Wine Region /Appellation: Rioja (D.O.C.)
Vintage: 2008
Grape varieties: 100% Tempranillo
Alcoholic level: 13%
Guide Price: 8-12 USD 

Our rating: ++ (2)

About the area

The Rioja wine region is located south of the Sierra de Cantabria, along the river Ebro, in the North of Spain. The climate is continental. It is surrounded by mountains, which helps to isolating the region which has a moderating effect on the weather. The region is subdivided into three areas - Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta, which are located closer to the mountains, are located at slightly higher elevations and have a cooler climate.

Most of the territory covered by the the Rioja Protected "AOC" is in the La Rioja region, even though their limits do not coincide exactly.

La Rioja has a total of 57,000 cultivated hectars , yielding 250 million litres of wine annually, of which 85% is red.

Among the reds, the best-known and most widely-used grape variety is
the Tempranillo grape. Other grapes in use in the region are Garnacha (grenache), Graciano, and Mazuelo (Carignan).

About the wine

El Coto's vineyards are in Cenicero (Rioja Alta) next to the east bank of the river Najerilla, northwest facing and their soil is mainly based on ferric clay. The rest of the grapes come from selected vineyard owners from the Rioja Alavesa. The winery produces over 20 million bottles a year.

Grapes for El Coto Crianza 2008 came from the three subzones. The wine was fermented and aged for a year in new american-oak barrels and rounded in the bottle, for at least six months, before its release.


Ruby-red. Firstly smoke, tobacco and vanilla in the nose. Deeper, you can find glaced cherries and ginger. Light in the mouth, good acidity (sligthtly unbalanced), dry tannins, medium-short "after taste". Oaky. Commercial. Easy drinking, but hard to find its true personality.

To be honest, I do not like it very much. In my opinion, this wine really far away from what a mythical "appellation" like Rioja is capable of producing.


  1. Many years without tasting it and, frankly, I don't wanna try again, as far as I remember it's just an oaky soap.



  2. Hi Jose! Nice to see you here, always accurate.

    However, oaky soap sounds weird for any wine, even for this one. Perhaps you were thinking about a delicious oaky soup, ja ja ja!


  3. Ooops, yes, I meant soup, not soap... or well, maybe I soap is right }:-D