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Contino Reserva Rioja 2019

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Graciano & Mazuelo & Tempranillo | Rioja | Spain | Red Wine | CVNE - Viñedos del Contino | 2019 | 0,75 L | 14 %
About
Contino Rioja Reserva 2019 is a distinguished dry red wine, carefully crafted from a blend of predominantly Tempranillo, with additions of Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha grapes, from the prestigious Rioja region in Spain. This Reserva exemplifies the harmonious balance between traditional Riojan winemaking techniques and modern innovation, having been aged in French and American oak barrels to achieve its distinctive elegance and depth. Contino, as one of the pioneering single-estate Riojas, showcases the unique terroir of its vineyards, located in a bend of the Ebro River, which contributes to the wine's complex profile and aging potential.
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

The 2019 vintage of Contino Rioja Reserva unfolds with an inviting nose of ripe red fruits, vanilla, and subtle spice notes, indicative of its careful aging in oak. On the palate, it delivers a rich tapestry of flavors including cherry, blackberry, and plum, beautifully integrated with hints of chocolate, leather, and a touch of pepper, culminating in a smooth, lingering finish. Its well-structured tannins and balanced acidity make it both powerful and elegant, a true reflection of its esteemed origins.

Pairing

Pairing the Contino Rioja Reserva 2019 with food offers a delightful experience, especially with red meats such as lamb chops or a classic beef Wellington, where the wine’s robust body and rich flavors complement the succulence of the meat. It also pairs excellently with aged cheeses, allowing the subtle nuances of both the wine and the cheese to come to the forefront, enhancing the overall tasting experience. These pairings not only highlight the wine’s versatility but also its capacity to elevate a meal into a memorable culinary event.

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Original price was: 42.00 €.Current price is: 29.40 €.

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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.
Graciano wine is medium tannic, it has deep color and intensive bouquet, with hints of blackberry, chocolate and violets. Usually this wine is aged in oak and aromas are complemented by sweet spices and vanilla.
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.