Red Wine Contino Viña del Olivo 2017

Red wine from Rioja. Blend of Tempranillo and Graciano aged for 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
Reserva. 18 Months in French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Graciano, Tempranillo,
P 94 ñ 94 95 95

Availability: In stock

Product Description

The rare and famed Contino Viña del Olivo is a high-end Spanish red wine made from grapes coming exclusively from El Olivo estate.

Produced by Viñedos del Contino, this reserve red wine is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano.

First, the grapes were destemmed and fermented in 10,000-litre oak vats at a temperature between 25 and 28ºC for 17 days.

Then this Reserva red wine from La Rioja was drawn-off and transferred into new French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation.

After that, a portion of the wine was aged in those same barrels, another 20% was aged in American oak barrels, and the rest in Hungarian oak barrels. All were aged for 18 months, during which period the wine was racked three times.

Finally, Contino Viña del Olivo 2017 was aged for a minimum of 12 months in the bottle before its release.

We suggest that you decant this red wine from La Rioja 60 minutes before drinking.

Incidentally, this wine will evolve nicely over the next years.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Contino Viña del Olivo has a high, red-coloured robe with some maroon tinges.


Very pure, this embodiment of classic Rioja made from Tempranillo and Graciano already begins with a deep mineral layer, over which some toasted and spicy notions combine with a strong remembrance of liquorice, finally giving way to some subdued aromas of bramble fruit, chocolate and aromatic herbs.


Quite young, though already exhibiting finesse and poise, this reserve red wine by Contino is zippy and fresh, with wild berries, some deep mineral remembrances, many spicy notes and a long, pleasant finish.

Our personal opinion

An absolute classic, Contino Viña del Olivo 2017 is the embodiment of good old Rioja. Bear in mind that the wine needs some years to fully come together.


Contino Viña del Olivo 2016:

Enterwine 95. James Suckling 98. Parker 98.

Contino Viña del Olivo 2009:

Enterwine 94. Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2014.

Year 2017
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18º
Should this wine be decanted? 40-60 minutes before serving
Ageing Reserva
Type of ageing Months in French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 18
Parker's Score 94
Peñin Score 94
Enterwine's Score 95
Media rating 95
Other guides J. Suckling 95.
Percentage of variety Tempranillo 90%, Graciano 10%.
Pairings Aged cheeses, Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Red meat with gravy, Roasted lamb ribs, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto
Taste Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
2 Reviews
How come that they release this so early? I'd have preferred to buy it after 5 years in the bottle. Anyway, it is still a great wine, perfect to store for 10-15 years in a good home cellar.
Review by (Posted on 20 December 2018)
Rioja aristocracy. It deserves much praise and respect.
Review by (Posted on 18 June 2018)
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