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Contino Graciano

Contino Graciano
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Single-variety Graciano with elegance worthy of a French "Château"

Contino Graciano
Red wine Barrel. 13 months in oak barrels.
Variety: Graciano
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Winery: Contino
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.0%
Red wine Barrel. 13 months in oak barrels.
Variety: Graciano
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Winery: Contino
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Contino Graciano

Contino Graciano is a single-variety Graciano red wine produced by the Bodega Viñedos del Contino in the D.O.Ca. Rioja.

Bodegas Viñedos del Contino started out in Laguardia in 1973, although the estate dates back to the 16th century. It is considered to have been the first to use the Bordeaux “Château” style in La Rioja, an idea driven by the CVNE centennial winery.

Viñedos del Contino has 62 hectares of sandy-calcareous and clayey-calcareous soils with boulders and influenced by an Atlantic-Mediterranean climate.

A “contino” is the name for a member of an honorary guard made up of 100 “men of arms” who “continually” watched over (as a permanent relationship) the royal family since the time of the Catholic Monarchs. 

To make Contino Graciano, they manually harvest the San Gregorio Grande Estate with a double collection of clusters when the grapes reach optimum ripeness to make sure they only use those that meet the required quality standard. The grapes macerate for 7 days and ferment in French oak vats for 8 days at a controlled temperature.

Following malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged: 90% ages in French oak barrels and 10% ages in Hungarian oak barrels, all of which are new. After 15 months, the wine is bottled and rests in the winery for another year to finish rounding before being released for sale.

The Graciano grape is a variety usually used to make the classic Rioja wine coupages. But this wine gives it full prominence and demonstrates its magnificent elegance and ability to express itself.

The proximity of the vineyards to the winery allows freshly harvested grapes to reach the winery in optimal condition and ferment in small tanks. Viñedos del Contino has many underground caves, dating from the 16th century, that are very humid and provide a constant environment and temperature throughout the year, making them ideal for aging wine.
Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Grilled lamb, Cold meat, Game birds

Tasting notes Contino Graciano

Contino Graciano 2015 is a red wine with a complex nose and great aromatic intensity, with hints of red fruits, graphite mineral nuances, eucalyptus and mint balsamic notes and touches of fennel and white pepper. On the palate it is complex, broad and flavoursome, with an elegant and long mid-palate, and a fruity finish.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.
Sight Beautiful red color. Nose Red fruit and black very intense. Taste Smoothness and elegance, long aftertaste.

Ratings

  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 93
  • Suckling 96
  • Decántalo 94
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 91
  • Peñin 93

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O.Ca. Rioja

Winery Contino

Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.

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Imágenes y situación D.O.Ca. Rioja

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