Cortijo Tinto 2018 - Rioja, Spain
Varietals: 100% Tempranillo
Raspberry, candied cherry, and white pepper aromas show good energy and a hint of smokiness. Slightly jammy on the palate, offering an array of red and dark berry flavors that become spicier with air. Finishes juicy and tight, with subtle tannins and a touch of licorice
Cortijo means ‘cottage’ or ‘shack,’ a reference to the fact that shacks, oftentimes, make better wine than most high-flown Chateaux in Rioja. The Philosophy of Cortijo is very simple yet very effective: to make better wine, you need to harvest better grapes. Cortijo improves the quality of its wines by doing a better job in the vineyards. Rather than building a chateau or a beautiful tasting room, Cortijo pays to take care of the only meaningful ingredient, the grapes. Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Cortijo is made with estate-owned grapes. The goal with Cortijo is to show a pure, youthful expression of Rioja Alta. Cortijo is a sort of “non-profit organization”. It is very difficult to find such a pure expression of Rioja at this price point.