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Contino Gran Reserva 2017

Contino Gran Reserva



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

Matured for 24 months in used French and American oak barrels. Subsequent repose in bottle for a minimum period of a further 36 months.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Intense / Garnet rim
Fruit aromas / Black fruit / Plums / Blackberries / Sweet spices / Cocoa / Oak wood / Liquorice / Expressive / Complex
Balanced / Powerful / Silky / Elegant / Well-integrated wood / Fleshy / Flavoursome / Fruit-forward / Long finish / Fresh / Balsamic notes

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Ratings and awards

201895 PK
201794 PK94 SK
201594 PN97 SK
201493 PK94 PN94 SK
201293 PK93 PN97 SK
201192 PK93 PN97 SK92 DC
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Suckling, Parker, and Jancis Robinson

Plenty of sandalwood, cedar, black-fruit and walnut aromas. So perfumed. Just a hint of dried fruit to add complexity. Full-bodied and layered with firm tannins, yet the ripe fruit is layered in-between. Gorgeous, succulent finish. One for the cellar. Drink or hold.

— James Suckling (22/11/2021) Vintage 2015 - 97 SUCKLING

The Contino vineyards escaped the frost from 2017, and the 2017 Gran Reserva, from a warm and dry year, is a blend of 82% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and 3% Garnacha, the selection of the best grapes from different plots in the estate. This is 100% from the new team and from a vintage they consider very good for their property, different than the majority of Rioja. The idea is to follow the long aging in oak to continue with the tradition and keeping the freshness and controlling the power from the place. This is hedonistic and flattering, spicy after maturing in French barrique for 24 months. They harvested earlier than ever, in early September, and the wine reached 13.52% and has very good freshness with a pH of 3.47. It's round and enjoyable, fresher than the last vintage I had tried. 29,483 bottles and 1,000 magnums produced. It was bottled in June 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 94 PARKER

Mid-deep ruby, with barely a garnet glint to it. Fresh and dried black cherry and red cherry, which is taking on graphite, cedar and a touch of soy. Fresh but with plenty of depth and layers of flavour. Super-fine tannins and great length. Lives up to the potential of 2010.

— Tim Jackson (05/05/2020) Vintage 2010 - 18 JANCIS ROBINSON

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Ageing period36 months
Type of woodFrench and American oak


ClimateAtlantic with Mediterranean influence

The winery

Viñedos del Contino

Viñedos del Contino

Viñedos del Contino, along with Cvne (Haro) (Haro) and Viña Real, belongs to the winery group Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. The three are located in the Rioja Alta, in Northern Spain. Its name comes from the person who was gifted with the estate lands, the "Contino" Pedro de Samaniego, one of the hundred soldiers forming the Royal Guard, in the time of the Catholic Kings, who “continually” kept watch over the monarchs...


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