2016 Cune (Cvne) Contino Reserva Rioja

97 Points James Suckling
In stock
A really sophisticated Reserva from Rioja, the Contino is top notch. While it the style is plush and ripe it also manages to be poised, with juicy red fruits running through the darker fruit, leather, tobacco and vanilla nuances. A beautiful balance of modern and classic, this is everything to everyone. A serious Rioja you can age further or enjoy right now.
$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle

Grape

Usually 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and Garnacha

Its Origins

Viñedos del Contino was created by Cvne and the family owners of the state in 1973, establishing the “château” concept in the Rioja region. The estate embraces vineyards and wines, and is rooted in an ancestral home inside a bend in the Ebro river. Its wines are made exclusively from the stocks planted on its 62 hectares located in Laserna, near the town of Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa wine making region.

What The Critics Say

94+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez

"The renewed classical red 2016 Reserva was produced as a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. It fermented in small stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225-liter French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 18 months. It has a very expressive nose, open, aromatic and showy, a little Rhône-ish. 2016 was a cooler year and they had a long harvest, and it seems like the fruit ripened thoroughly without excess. It's a natural continuation of the 2015, when the wine already had more freshness and better integrated oak. It has a full body and some dusty tannins, finishing dry and tasty. It's ready to drink. There were 281,389 bottles and 3,000 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2019." Drink 2020 - 2030

17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Tim Jackson MW (2015 vintage)

"85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 3% Garnacha, 2% Mazuelo. 90% of the winery’s production. Mid-deep ruby. Ripe, red-cherry fruit, with beautifully layered clove and cedar oak spice notes. Lovely integration of oak and fruit. Well crafted, though there’s a good backbone of fine tannins that will carry it through for a decade from now. (TJ)."

97/100 James Suckling, and 95/100 Tim Atken MW
Variety Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2020 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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