El Coto Rioja Verdejo 2022
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is pale lemon in colour with golden highlights. It has intense aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruit alongside fennel and aniseed notes. On the palate, it is smooth with a lively acidity and a refreshing, elegant finish.
The grapes for the Verdejo are sourced from El Coto's Finca Carbonera estate, which sits at 780 metres above sea level, making it the highest vineyard in Rioja and ideal for the new white grape varieties approved by the Rioja Regulatory Board. A wide diurnal range aids the slow steady ripening of the grapes, ensuring they retain fresh acidity and perfumed aromatics. The vineyard is sustainably farmed.
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.