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CVNE Contino Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 Magnum

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JS98

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Price: $159.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 3+ magnums.

98 Points
“Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic finish. Just a baby. Stock up for the cellar. Fermented in concrete tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels; aged for 2 years in new and used barrels, 60% of them French and 40% American; and then held in bottle for at least 3 years prior to being released. Better in 2020 but already excellent.” - James Suckling (1/18)

“Bottled only in magnum (and larger sizes), the 2010 Gran Reserva is produced with grapes from their oldest (80+ years old) 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, spiced up with cinnamon. The palate is focused and polished, with great balance, great acidity and volume. This is the best of the wines I tasted from Contino.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (#210)

BACKGROUND
Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana is known colloquially to most Spanish wine lovers as CVNE. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape. The Contino wines are made exclusively from the estate’s 253 acres located in Laserna near the town of Laguardia. The Reserva bottling is the mainstay of the Contino lineup produced from vines ranging in age from 25 to 60 years. The Gran Reserva is produced with the grapes of destemmed selected bunches from their own vineyards, over 60-year-old Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats, whose malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrels where it stays for three years. The wine rests in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released and is only bottled in magnum and larger formats.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 3+ magnums.

98 Points
“Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic finish. Just a baby. Stock up for the cellar. Fermented in concrete tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels; aged for 2 years in new and used barrels, 60% of them French and 40% American; and then held in bottle for at least 3 years prior to being released. Better in 2020 but already excellent.” - James Suckling (1/18)

“Bottled only in magnum (and larger sizes), the 2010 Gran Reserva is produced with grapes from their oldest (80+ years old) 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, spiced up with cinnamon. The palate is focused and polished, with great balance, great acidity and volume. This is the best of the wines I tasted from Contino.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (#210)

BACKGROUND
Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana is known colloquially to most Spanish wine lovers as CVNE. The company was founded in 1879 by the Real de Asua brothers and still remains in control of their direct descendants. In the 1920s ownership started Vina Real and in 2004 a new winery was built in Laguardia. In 1973 Contino was created to further the concept of the single estate winery and has since been one of the principal leaders in the resurrection of the nearly extinct Graciano grape. The Contino wines are made exclusively from the estate’s 253 acres located in Laserna near the town of Laguardia. The Reserva bottling is the mainstay of the Contino lineup produced from vines ranging in age from 25 to 60 years. The Gran Reserva is produced with the grapes of destemmed selected bunches from their own vineyards, over 60-year-old Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats, whose malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrels where it stays for three years. The wine rests in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released and is only bottled in magnum and larger formats.

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Region Spain