The 2012 vintage was considered "Very Good" by the Rioja regulatory board. It is a traditional blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache and Viura, coming from vines planted around the town of Laguardia.
The grapes were selected both on site and in the cellar. After being destemmed, they were fermented and macerated for three weeks in stainless steel tanks, where this Gran Reserva from La Rioja also completed malolactic fermentation.
After that, Contino Gran Reserva 2012 was transferred into American and French oak barrels. The ageing period lasted 36 months, after which this Spanish red wine was bottled and aged for a further 24 months.
We suggest that you decant Gran Reserva Contino at least 1 hour before drinking.
The 2011 vintage of this wine enjoyed great critical acclaim. James Suckling 97. Tim Atkin 96. Parker 93. Peñín 93.
Properly stored, this Rioja red wine will live for many years.
The red wine Contino Gran Reserva has a bright, intense cherry colour with a garnet rim.
Complex and multilayered, this traditional Rioja blend first unfurls an layer of underbrush, over which there appear intense notes of blackcurrants and raspberries, as well as a rich display of spicy notes, from vanilla, toffee and cinnamon, to cocoa, moka and Havanna cigars. The nose of Contino Gran Reserva has poise and balance.
There is an interesting contrast between the velvety texture of the palate and its powerful core. This wine from Contino is full of succulent, very ripe fruit which at first gives a warm impression, soon dispelled by the excellent acidity and the well-integrated tannins. The toasted and smokey notes take the lead, and there is also a creamy touch which is pleasant but not oversweet. This Rioja gran reserva has a very long finish with a spicy and fruity aftertaste.
|Our personal opinion||
An arresting old-school wine, Contino Gran Reserva 2012 is the perfect combination of elegance, complexity and traditional Rioja character.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||36|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 70%, Graciano 15%, Garnacha 12%, Viura 3%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
First Beronia, and now Contino. Two mighty Gran Reservas which I would drink at any time.