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Contino Graciano 2011

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€62.50

Contino Graciano 2011

Characteristics

  • Crianza. 13 Months in French and Hungarian oak barrels
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 14

Score

P 92
Parker Score 92
ñ 92
Peñín Score 92
95
Enterwine Score 95
93
Media rating 93

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€62.50
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Details

Interestingly, the Viñedos del Contino winery was the first to produce a single varietal Spanish red wine from Graciano, a grape variety that had hitherto only been used in traditional Rioja blends.

The wine Contino Graciano is made from a 3,7-hectare estate planted in two rounds, the first in 1979 and the second in 1989. The 30 to 40-year-old vineyards are at an altitude over 400 metres above sea level, on the basin of the Ebro river.

The result of an excellent vintage, the grapes of this red wine from La Rioja were harvested by hand and then fermented and macerated in 100-hectolitre French oak vats for about 15 days.

After that, Contino Graciano 2011 completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 13 months in 90% French and 10% Hungarian oak barrels. Finally, this single varietal Graciano was aged for a further 12 months in the bottle before its release.

Drink over the next 7 years. Decant a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.

Additional Information

Appearance

The reserve red wine Contino Graciano has a high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.

Nose

Bear in mind that the Graciano variety opens tight, so it is necessary to aerate the wine profusely. After a while, this red wine from Rioja suggests aromas of old wood, lac, Havanna cigars and aromatic herbs, intertwined with hints of plums, liquor-infused berries and withered flowers. Complex stuff.

Palate

With an Atlantic character, and not yet at its peak, this Crianza red wine by Viñedos del Contino has a bold, palate-coating passage through the palate, grippy and sharp, with an excellent acidity and some rounded tannins. Withered vegetables, flowers, pipe tobacco, candied plums and a long mineral finish.

Our personal opinion

Intrincate, deep and unconventional, Contino Graciano 2011 pairs exceptionally well with hearty dishes.

OTHER VINTAGES

Contino Graciano 2007:

Enterwine 93. Peñín 93. Parker 92.

Year 2011
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18º
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French and Hungarian oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 13
Parker Score 92
Peñin Score 92
Our Score 95
Media rating 93
Other guides Wine Spectator: 92 puntos.
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal Graciano
Percentage of variety No
Pairings Aged cheeses, Birds, Bull meat, Cured cheeses, Duck, Game animals, Poultry, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegitables sauces
Taste Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
  1. graciano review by Farragut on 4/9/2019
    Value

    Outstanding, rare wine. I'll have another bottle in my home celler, I'll just wait a couple of years. By then I think this will be at its best.

  2. contino review by Graciano!! on 12/20/2018
    Value

    A single varietal Graciano may be an acquired taste. Once you learn to enjoy it, though, it provides a most rewarding experience.

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