El Coto 875m Finca Carbonera Rioja Tempranillo 2019
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
The nose displays delicate aromas of cherries and red fruit alongside notes of coffee and cacao. The palate is fresh and intense with a good backbone of acidity, red fruit flavours and a long finish.
The grapes for this Tempranillo are sourced from El Coto's Finca Carbonera estate. At 875 metres above sea level, it is the highest vineyard in Rioja. The soils here are stony and these soils, paired with a wide diurnal range aid the slow steady ripening of the grapes, meaning they retain fresh acidity and complex aromatics.
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from humble beginnings into one of the best-known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has approximately 800 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. This makes them the largest vineyard owner in Rioja and gives them great control of the quality of the grapes which go into their wines, the majority of which are sourced from their own vineyards.