Contino Gran Reserva Rioja 2019

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Garnacha & Graciano & Mazuelo | Rioja | Spain | Red Wine | CVNE - Viñedos del Contino | 2017 | 0,75 L | 14 %
About
Contino Gran Reserva Rioja, traditionally a dry red wine, is crafted from a select blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and sometimes Garnacha grapes, sourced from the esteemed vineyards within the Rioja Alavesa subregion of Spain. Esteemed for its dedication to quality and the expression of its terroir, the Gran Reserva is aged extensively in oak barrels and then in the bottle, following the Rioja appellation's regulations for Gran Reservas, which mandates a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. This extensive aging process contributes to the wine's complexity, elegance, and potential for further maturation.
Producer
Viñedos del Contino was founded in 1973, becoming the first Rioja chateau concept winery. The former manor house in Laserna, in the municipality of Laguardia, is surrounded by 62 hectares of vineyards from which all its wines are sourced along a bend of the river Ebro. Its 16th-century cave cellars are amongst the oldest in the Rioja region. They are home to the echoes of deeply rooted winemaking tradition, blended with the voices of cutting-edge technologies.
Tasting notes

Contino Gran Reserva wines exhibit a deep, aromatic complexity on the nose, with layers of ripe dark fruits, leather, tobacco, and vanilla, reflecting the nuanced integration of oak aging. On the palate, one can expect a harmonious blend of fruit, oak, and earthy flavors, presenting a rich texture, refined tannins, and a lingering finish that underscores the wine’s craftsmanship and the character of the Rioja Alavesa terroir.

Pairing

For food pairings, Contino Gran Reserva Rioja beautifully complements dishes with depth and richness, such as slow-cooked lamb, hearty stews, or roasted game, where the wine’s robust body and complex flavors harmonize with the savory notes of the food. It also pairs splendidly with aged cheeses, offering a delightful contrast to the cheese’s intensity while highlighting the wine’s layered complexity. These pairings emphasize the wine’s versatility and its ability to enhance the flavors of a wide range of culinary styles.

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CVNE - Viñedos del Contino
Viñedos del Contino was founded in 1973, becoming the first Rioja chateau concept winery. The former manor house in Laserna, in the municipality of Laguardia, is surrounded by 62 hectares of vineyards from which all its wines are sourced along a bend of the river Ebro. Its 16th-century cave cellars are amongst the oldest in the Rioja region. They are home to the echoes of deeply rooted winemaking tradition, blended with the voices of cutting-edge technologies.
Garnacha produces concentrated wines with a bright character, strong structure, high alcohol level and excellent aging potential. Garnacha's aroma is a balance between floral and fruity notes.
Rioja in northern Spain is best known for its barrel-aged, berry-flavored red wines made from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. Undoubtedly, this is the largest wine-growing region in Spain. And, by far, the most famous region of the country. All vineyards are concentrated around the banks of the Ebra River. Their area is about 64,000 hectares, of which 91% are planted with red grapes. Rioja itself is divided into three parts: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja East. Rioja Alta is located in the western part of Rioja. As the name suggests, the vineyards are located higher in the region than Rioja Baja. The soils contain more clay, iron and alluvial elements and less limestone than the neighboring soils in Alavesa. Wines are considered elegant, with balanced acidity. Rioja Alavesa consists of two separate parcels of land located next to Rioja Alta. The vineyards are at the same elevation as Rioja Alta and the microclimate is also very similar. However, soils tend to contain more limestone than Alta, so wines can have higher acidity. In eastern Rioja (Rioja Baja), the climate is much more strongly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. It is drier and warmer here than in the other two parts of the region. Here, more emphasis is placed on the Garnacha variety. Wines can be fuller than in neighboring sub-regions.