CVNE’s Contino | One of Rioja’s greatest estates
Bottled only in magnum (and larger sizes), the 2010 Gran Reserva is produced with grapes from their oldest vineyards as a classic blend of Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 12% Garnacha and a pinch of Viura; the grapes were fermented in cement vats with malolactic in barrel and the wine underwent an élevage in used French (60%) and American oak barrels for three years, followed by another three years in bottle. It has a very spicy nose with tantalizing aromas reminiscent of curry and some red and black fruit, very clean and precise. It develops some faint lactic notes spiced up with cinnamon. The palate is focused and polished, with great balance (14.4% alcohol and a 3.3 pH), great acidity and volume. This is the best of the wines I tasted from Contino in this sitting.
It shows very ripe black fruits, good quality oak sensation, delicate sweet spices and touch of ash. It needs time in bottle to express its full potential. The palate is today more expressive than the nose, really well delineated and very juicy. It shows savoury black fruit, a touch of elegant leather in the mouth and great tannins, which are superbly polished. Great balance, very ripe, modern and velvety style. Drink 2015-2025 (FC)
Broad, layered and full, mobilised by fresh acidity and free-flowing blackcurrant fruit, expanded by notes of cedar and spicy new oak. Accomplished, and still full of life. Drink 2019-2026