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Contino Reserva

Contino Reserva
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Contino Reserva
Red wine Reserva. 24 months in French and American oak barrels.
  • Winery: Contino
  • Production area: D.O.Ca. Rioja
  • Variety: Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Mazuela, Graciano
  • Volume: 75 cl., Magnum

Available vintages of Contino Reserva

  • Contino Reserva Magnum 2012
    Magnum 1,5 l.
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    50,50 €/u
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  • Contino Reserva Magnum 2012
    Magnum 1,5 l.
    53,18
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  • Contino Reserva 2014
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    19,75 €/u
    20,83

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    • Parker 92
    • Peñin 93
  • Contino Reserva 2014
    • Parker: 92
    • Peñin: 93
    20,83
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    19,75 €/u
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Characteristics of Contino Reserva

Contino Reserva is a red wine from D.O. La Rioja produced by the winery Contino, which is owned by Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. It is a coupage of the varieties Tempranillo (85%), Graciano (10%), Mazuelo (3%) and Red Grenache (2%).
The grapes used to make Contino Reserva come from vineyards of the farm Finca San Rafael, located in the municipality of Laguardia, in La Rioja Alavesa.
The soils are comprised of sandy loam and clay, with an abundant presence of stones. The climate of the area stands out for being dry and hot in summer and cold in winter.
The harvest of the grapes for Reserve Contino is done manually, and small boxes are used to transport the bunches to the winery. This way they prevent the grapes form breaking prematurely and loosing their qualities. At the winery, the grapes are selected on a selection conveyor. Then, they are fermented in 12,000-litre stainless steel deposits at a controlled temperature of 28º to 30ºC.
After the fermentation, they go through maceration for 15 to 20 days.
Lastly, Contino Reserva rests in French oak barrels -60%- and American oak barrels -40%- for 24 months. Ageing is completed with a refinement of twelve more months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Serve at 17ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Cold meat, Mature cheese, Roasted red meats, Grilled red meats

Tasting notes Contino Reserva

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.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
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

Intense garnet colour, high layer and abundant tear. 

Nose

On the nose there are aromas of smokiness with red and black fruits. Spices and some eucalyptus.

Taste The palate has a silky entry. Tannins are polished but with a great nobility. Fresh, fleshy and very long.
Sight Intense red-maroon colour. A bright wine with a medium-high robe and dense tears that stain the glass. Nose Before swirling the glass, this wine shows a few pleasant balsamic notes along with elegant toasted aromas which will slowly evolve. The fruit is progressively displayed. After swirling the glass, the fruit become very ripe and it mix with notes of tobacco, toffee, good spices and milky hints. Intense floral background. Taste Very good and bulky attack. A wine with a long, tasty, full bodied mid palate with a warm and silky texture. It shows very fleshy notes of ripe fruit, lots of spices and balsamic and smoked aromas. It has elegant and smooth toasted notes and an excellent acidity. Well integrated and tasty tannins and a very long finish with a great persistence, which leaves an aftertaste full of fruit and spices.  A very elegant, charming and very friendly great wine from La Rioja.
Sight Red wine with maroon color, dense and covered.
Nose Good aromatic intensity, with a predominance of black fruits. Taste In the mouth it is warm, wine, big, tasty and wide, with a long fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Ratings

  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 93
  • Peñin 93
  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 93
  • Parker 91
  • Peñin 90
  • Decántalo 91
  • Peñin 90

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

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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Production area 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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