Cortijo Tinto$15 and under
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Brilliant ruby. Lively aromas and flavors of juicy red fruits and peppery spices, plus a sweet hint of mocha. Shows good lift and energy and no rough edges. Subtle tannins give shape to a tangy, persistent finish that leaves a raspberry note behind.-- Josh Raynolds
There are volumes written on the use of oak and the winemaking practices of the famous DOCa Rioja, but to the team making Cortijo it all boils down to a simple proverb: to make better wine, you need to harvest better grapes. Rather than build a chateau or a beautiful tasting room, the fourth-generation winegrowers at Cortijo invest in cultivating the most meaningful ingredient (perfect, healthy grapes) and preserving its freshness and natural character after harvest by avoiding the use of oak. Cortijo Tinto is made from 100% Tempranillo grown in the best part of the valley, Rioja Alta, and offers a perfect introduction and opportunity to taste a “no makeup” version of the grape that forms the backbone of some of Spain’s most famous wines in its most famous region.click here for more information.