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Contino Reserva, Rioja 2017

Red Wine from Spain - Rioja
One of the most stylish Rioja reservas from a single vineyard in the Alavesa. Pure and refined with spicy black fruit flavour and velvety structure. Decant a couple of hours before serving.
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Code: SP17091

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2032
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Contino

This relatively small property in Rioja Alavesa was set up as a joint-venture by CVNE and the Perez-Villota family, though it is now wholly owned by CVNE. However, it was José de Madrazo Real de Asua who first saw the potential of the vineyard to produce grapes in their own right. He effectively established Contino as the Bordeaux château concept in Rioja. There are some 60 hectares of vineyards planted here along the northern bank of the river Ebro which meanders through the grounds. The whole property is in a truly great setting with the vines sheltered on all sides by hills which helps produce rich grapes that give wines with supple, textured flavours.

The winery itself is found within the estate’s old farmhouse which overlooks the entire property. Between 1999 and 2016 Jesús Madrazo, son of José, was in charge of winemaking, taking a very hands-on approach to the business, using a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak to achieve soft, opulently flavoured wines. The vineyards which are mostly tempranillo include around 4 hectares of very old plantings of graciano, one of Rioja’s rare indigenous varieties. The graciano grown here is in fact a distinctive feature of the Contino wines and in excellent years it is also, rather unusually, made as a single-varietal wine. The single vineyard Viña del Olivo is Contino’s modern expression of Rioja from a selection of grapes from a small plot. The straightforward Reservas are concentrated and appealing and keep well.

2017 vintage reviews

Liverpool Echo

If a bold red with statement is your thing, then this wine could be perfect ... The wine is a joy of fresh red and black fruits, with depths of spice, toast and dark dried fruits from aging. Both French...
If a bold red with statement is your thing, then this wine could be perfect ... The wine is a joy of fresh red and black fruits, with depths of spice, toast and dark dried fruits from aging. Both French and American oak were used, bringing subtlety of vanilla and coconut.
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Jane Clare

Decanter

Dark cherry, mushroom and wood spices on preserved cherries and dark cherry liqueur. After two years in American and French oak, the tannins are fine-grained. Sweet spiced prunes are balanced by great...
Dark cherry, mushroom and wood spices on preserved cherries and dark cherry liqueur. After two years in American and French oak, the tannins are fine-grained. Sweet spiced prunes are balanced by great acidity, followed by a long finish.
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Sylvia Wu

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