When I think of white offerings from Spain the first thing that comes to mind is Albariño. Even though it doesn’t get nearly as much attention, Viura is a close second for me. This is due to the number of well priced, crisp refreshing whites produced from it. El Coto de Rioja has been making wine in Spain since 1970. Their first release was five years later. Their wines are produced using both estate vineyards and fruit sourced from their neighbors in Rioja. Today I’ll look at their current release of Blanco. The El Coto de Rioja 2009 Blanco was produced using grapes from Rioja Alavesa, a sub-region of Rioja. This selection is 100% Viura, a native varietal. Fermentation occurred over 15 days in stainless steel tanks. Aging then took place in neutral oak casks. The suggested retail price for this wine is $9.99.
Lemon zest and other citrus aromas are on display in the nose of this young Spanish white. Pineapple, mango and continued citrus is all part of a fairly rich, full and quite juicy palate. Lemon ice notes kick in at the back end of the palate and continue through the finish where it takes on a creamy edge. It’s joined by nutmeg and white pepper spice. This selection has solid but not over the top acidity.
For around $8 if you shop judiciously I think this offering from Rioja is a solid bargain for summertime drinking. Whether you pair it with lighter foods or drink it as an aperitif or cocktail there is plenty of pleasure to be had for the cost.