Saturday, January 9, 2010

El Coto Rioja 2005

Steak a few days ago with a little tomato Romesco sauce on the side so we cracked open the 2005 El Coto Rioja Crianza.

Several years ago I loved Spanish reds because they were unique and drinkable with a meal.  Then they tended to go "California" in their style and add more alcohol and over extraction to their menu.   When putting together the mixed case a few weeks ago I saw the "13% abv" on the label and added the El Coto to the case.

Spanish reds, at least this one, is back on the approved list.  Medium in color in the glass the wine looked more like a pinot noir.  The nose was fresh cherries and berries and whiff of a dry, Spanish wind.  The wine tasted of fruit and the earth and there was great acidity and just enough tannin to make it refreshing.  There was nothing overbearing about this wine.  It was honest wine that never took itself too seriously.  It really hit its stride with a bit of the Romesco sauce and bite of the steak.  Great combination, but it would also be good with chicken or pork. 

This was another $10 wine that with the case discount came out to $9.  For that price I could drink a lot of this wine. 

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