Red Wine Contino Reserva 2018

Reserva red wine from La Rioja. Blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache and Mazuela aged for 2 years in American and French oak barrels and for 2 years in the bottle.

Reserva. 24 Months in French and American oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Grenache Red, Graciano, Mazuela, Tempranillo,
ñ 92 93 93

Availability: In stock

Product Description

One of DOCa Rioja's all-time classics, Contino Reserva is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano, with a dollop of Grenache and Mazuela (aka Carignan).

The grapes come solely from the Viñedos del Contino estate. Located in Laserna, in the heart of La Rioja Alavesa, the château-style winery comprises 62 hectares of vineyards around an old manor house.

The 2018 vintage of this Spanish red wine was considered "Good" by the Rioja regulatory board.

Meticulously harvested and selected, once in the cellar the grapes were destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 28ºC and 30ºC. After a period of 20 days, this Rioja red wine was transferred into used American (40%) and French (60%) oak barrels, where it remained for 2 years.

Finally, Contino Reserva 2018 was aged for 24 months in the cellar prior to its commercial release.

We suggest that you decant this reserva red wine 1 hour before drinking.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Contino Reserva is deep ruby with a claret rim. 


Understated and confident, this blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuela and Grenache suggests subtle notes of wild berries and hints of clove, vanilla and cinnamon, evolving into toffee, withered vegetables and mineral. There is a background of black truffle and fine Moroccan leather.


This wine of Viñedos del Contino, a branch of Grupo CVNE, is lush and textured, with dim toasted notes, sweet spices and fresh notes of balsam, alongside fresh flavours of red fruit. Ripe, sweet tannins and well-balanced acidity. Long, subtle finish with some remembrances of dry earth, smoke and spices.

Our personal opinion A wine of impeccable reputation, Contino Reserva 2018 feeds the body and tingles the soul.


Contino Reserva 2017:

Enterwine 93. Parker 94. Guía Peñín 92. J. Suckling 95.

Contino Reserva 2016:

Enterwine 93. Parker 94/94+. Guía Peñín 92. J. Suckling 95. T. Atkin 95.

Contino Reserva 2015:

Enterwine 92. Parker 94.

Contino Reserva 2014:

Enterwine 94. T. Atkin 95. Peñín 93. Guía Gourmets 94.

Contino Reserva 2012:

Enterwine 93.

Contino Reserva 2010:

Parker 93. Peñín 92. Enterwine 93. Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards.

Contino Reserva 2009:

Parker 93. Peñín 91. Wine Spectator 91.

Contino Reserva 2008:

Peñín 92. Parker 91. Stephen Tanzer 91. Bronze Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards 2014.

Year 2018
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Ageing Reserva
Type of ageing Months in French and American oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 24
Peñin Score 92
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Other guides J. Suckling 95. T. Atkin 94. Wine Spectator 90.
Percentage of variety Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 10%, Garnacha y Mazuela 5% .
Pairings Aged cheeses, Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto
Taste Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
4 Reviews
Nice Rioja classicism.
Review by (Posted on 9 April 2019)
Sage, restrained, full of warmth. Wonderful wine.
Review by (Posted on 20 December 2018)
reserva contino
A joy to drink. A pleasure to share.
Review by (Posted on 15 June 2018)
This wine ages just wonderfully. Always subtle and precise. Among Rioja's all-time classics.
Review by (Posted on 26 January 2018)
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