Red Wine Contino Gran Reserva 2016

Gran Reserva red wine from La Rioja. Traditional blend aged for 24 months in oak barrels and for 36 months in the bottle.
Gran Reserva. 24 Months in French and American oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 13.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Grenache Red, Graciano, Mazuela, Tempranillo,
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

A prime example of DOCa Rioja's noblest classicism, the Viñedos del Contino winery crafts Contino Gran Reserva from its very best vineyards, all of which are located in Rioja Alavesa.

The main component of this Spanish red wine is Tempranillo, complemented with Graciano, Mazuela (Carignan) and Grenache, all 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 2016 was transferred into American and French oak barrels. The ageing period lasted 24 months, after which the wine was bottled and aged for a minimum of 36 months.

Properly stored, this Rioja red wine will age remarkably well.

We suggest that you decant it at least 1 hour before drinking.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Contino Gran Reserva is pale purple with a garnet rim.


Complex and multilayered, this blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuela and Grenache first suggests blackcurrants, raspberries and Middle Eastern spices, with hints of vanilla, cocoa and Havanna cigars.


There is an interesting contrast between the velvety texture of the palate and its powerful core. This wine from Viñedos del Contino is full of succulent 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. Long finish with a spicy and fruity aftertaste.

Our personal opinion

An arresting old-school wine, Contino Gran Reserva 2016 is the perfect combination of elegance, complexity and traditional Rioja character.


Contino Gran Reserva 2015:

Enterwine 93. Guía Peñín 94. J. Suckling 97.

Contino Gran Reserva 2014:

Enterwine 94. Parker 93. Guía Peñín 94. J. Suckling 96. T. Atkin 92.

Contino Gran Reserva 2012:

Enterwine 94. Parker 93.

Contino Gran Reserva 2011:

James Suckling 97. Tim Atkin 96. Parker 93. Peñín 93.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Ageing Gran Reserva
Type of ageing Months in French and American oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 24
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Percentage of variety Tempranillo 70%, Graciano 15%, Mazuela 10%, Garnacha 5%.
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
1 Review
First Beronia, and now Contino. Two mighty Gran Reservas which I would drink at any time.
Review by (Posted on 9 September 2019)
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