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The Society's 150th Anniversary Rioja Reserva 2014

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We selected and blended this special Rioja in 2016 from some of Contino's finest fruit. It is about 75% tempranillo with the rest made up of graciano and mazuelo. Contino was the first producer in Rioja to be made from a single vineyard. It has a special location on the banks of the river Ebro and benefits from a warm micro-climate that is reflected in the style of this Rioja which is deeply coloured, full bodied and beautifully structured. It is fragrant with peppery, exotic fruit and a hint of blueberry. The Wine Society has the unique privilege of being the only UK merchant to blend an exclusive wine from this leading fine wine property. Decant in advance to allow all its delightful flavours to unfurl. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £25.00 Bottle
Price: £150.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP13571

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2030
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

This reserve come from Contino in the Rioja Alavesa sub region, and is an exclusive blend put together with their team eight years ago.

This small property is owned by renowned Rioja bodega CVNE and lies beside the meandering Ebro river. The winery itself is in the Contino estate’s old farmhouse which overlooks the entire property. Between 1999 and 2016 Jesús Madrazo, son of founder 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 with the ability to keep beautifully.

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.

The Times

Released for the society’s 150th anniversary, this has tremendous intensity, with blue fruit and creamy oak.

Will Lyons

JancisRobinson.com

Fresh, elegant wine which is an archetypal example of Rioja. Ripe red-berry fruit, layers of obvious (but very well-balanced) oak. Herbal notes add more interest with black-pepper character coming from...
Fresh, elegant wine which is an archetypal example of Rioja. Ripe red-berry fruit, layers of obvious (but very well-balanced) oak. Herbal notes add more interest with black-pepper character coming from the Graciano. Great example of 2014 which really hits the spot.
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Andy Howard MW

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